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Study faults regulators for relying on ‘reference man’ radiation dose standard

January 12, 2009 Study faults regulators for relying on ‘reference man’ radiation dose standard By James Brice A study from the Institute for Energy and Environment Research indicates that U.S. radiation exposure regulations and compliance assessment guidelines often underestimate the risk of radiation for women and children because they are based on standards of a "reference man," a hypothetical 20- to 30-year-old white male. At least three federal agencies -- the Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Department of Energy -- still use reference man criteria to guide radiation dose regulations and compliance assessment, according to the IEER.

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