U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5544, the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2014. H.R. 5544 seeks to address the limited understanding of health risks associated with low dose radiation by leveraging the nation's current expertise in low dose radiation and then proposing a long-term strategy to address current gaps of knowledge. This legislation also stipulates that no new spending shall be authorized.
Said Dr. Paul Broun, "Every day, humans are exposed to background radiation, and yet sufficient data is not available for experts to conclude whether there exists a radiation dose limit below which the health risk is zero. This lack of understanding prevents regulatory agencies from setting more precise radiation-dose limits and impairs authorities' precision to address potential radiological events and medically-based radiation exposures - all of which pose an unnecessary burden on society. In short, this legislation seeks to resolve what we do not know in the field of low dose radiation for the betterment of medicine, emergency response planning, and industrial safety. This bill is a common-sense win, and I urge House leadership to bring it to the House floor for an immediate vote."