Open letter to advisory bodies about LNT consequences – revised

Last week I pointed out that Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information (SARI) had submitted a letter to a number of scientific advisory groups requesting that they provide clear guidance to governments on the lack of harm associated with exposure to the residual radioactive materials released from the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

That initial post also provided a link to a page that would allow people without SARI affiliation to express their opinion — positive or negative in addition to a free-form comment block — about the contents of the letter.

After additional discussion SARI decided to make a small revision to the letter, send the corrected version to the advisory bodies and take action to improve the validity of the additional signatories that are not members of SARI.

If you are interested in reviewing the letter and providing your authenticated opinion, please visit the linked survey page. You will be asked to provide an email address that can receive a keyed link to the survey.

Summary results of the survey will be available here.

Obviously, this self-selected survey is not designed to provide a result that reflects the opinion of the public. It will, however, still be interesting to see how it turns out.

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