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Joint American Nuclear Society and Health Physics Society Conference: Applicability of Radiation Response Models to Low Dose Protection Standards

Glines, Wayne, M.*; Markham, Anna

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000807
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Seventy-five years after the Hanford Site was initially created as the primary plutonium production site for atomic weapons development under the Manhattan Project, the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society are sponsoring a conference from 30 September through 3 October 2018, in Pasco, Washington, titled “Applicability of Radiation Response Models to Low Dose Protection Standards.” The goal of this conference is to use current scientific data to update the approach to regulating low-level radiation doses; i.e., to answer a quintessential question of radiation protection—how to best develop radiation protection standards that protect human populations against detrimental effects while allowing the beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive materials. Previous conferences (e.g., “Wingspread Conference,” “Arlie Conference”) have attempted to address this question; but now, almost 20 y later, the key issues, goals, conclusions, and recommendations of those two conferences remain and are as relevant as they were then. Despite the best efforts of the conference participants and increased knowledge and understanding of the science underlying radiation effects in human populations, the bases of current radiation protection standards have evolved little. This 2018 conference seeks to provide a basis and path forward for evolving radiation protection standards to be more reflective of current knowledge and understanding of low dose response models.

*Dade Moeller & Associates, a NV5 Company, 1835 Terminal Dr., Suite 200, Richland, WA 99352; †Energy Northwest, P.O. Box 968, Richland, WA 99352-0968.

For correspondence contact: Wayne M. Glines, 2315 Camas Avenue, Richland, WA 99354‐1968, or email at wglines34@charter.net.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

(Manuscript accepted 16 October 2017)

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