This commentary reviews the international radiation protection policy that resulted in the evacuation of more than 90,000 residents from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi NPS and the enormous expenditures to protect them against a hypothetical risk of cancer. The basis for the precautionary measures is shown to be invalid; the radiation level chosen for evacuation is not conservative. The actions caused unnecessary fear and suffering. An appropriate level for evacuation is recommended. Radical changes to the ICRP recommendations are long overdue.
Cuttler, Jerry M.
"COMMENTARY ON THE APPROPRIATE RADIATION LEVEL FOR EVACUATIONS,"
Dose-Response: An International Journal:
4, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dose_response/vol10/iss4/6