Professor Wade Allison recently gave a lecture to his Oxford colleagues titled “How dangerous is ionizing radiation”. He has concluded that excessively restrictive rules are more dangerous than the radiation.
On Wednesday, 27 December, I woke up bright and early so that I could have a chat with Professor Wade Allison, who teaches physics at Oxford University. I contacted Professor Allison because of a recent lecture that he gave to his colleagues titled “How dangerous is ionizing radiation?”
We had a great chat, even though it had to start at 4:15 am in order to allow our schedules to mesh with the five hour Atlantic time zone difference between Annapolis and Oxford.
Please have a listen to hear why Professor Allison, like many other people that are outside of the Radiation Protection industry (see, for example, Radiation, Science and Health) have determined that the linear, no threshold (LNT) model of radiation hazards has no basis in science and should be abandoned for more accurate models.
The key statement made during the conversation is that radiation safety, as it is currently practiced, is more dangerous than the radiation itself.