To: Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, President Donald Trump, The New Mexico State House, The New Mexico State Senate, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Protect Those Most Vulnerable

Current U.S. radiation exposure regulations are discriminatory and do not protect those most vulnerable from nuclear toxicity and other contamination, which are women, children, and our unborn. We must abolish the use of "reference man," an obsolete model that endangers the health and well-being of future generations.

Why is this important?

We must end the use of "reference man," a 150 lb. adult, white male, of western-European descent and custom, that determines allowable levels of contaminant exposure to workers and populations adjacent to nuclear facilities, many of whom are Indigenous, land-based, and people of color. Women are twice as likely to get cancer from the same dose as a man, and infants three times as likely. Contaminants can also cross placental boundaries. Environmental exposure regulations and clean-up standards need to protect those most vulnerable to the toxins released by all contaminating industries, including nuclear facilities. When we protect those most vulnerable, we protect us all.


Reasons for signing

  • Thank you.
  • Having lived and worked at LANL, I know the risks are real and more widespread than acknowledged. Being involved with excavation safety as a materials testing engineer, I was also involved in 'clearing' the safety of the low-level storage pits in terms of rock collapse. As tricky as that was, I could not help but wonder, with such porous rock, fissures, etc., how does the percolating rainwater not move through the volcanic glass soils that erode and 'fill' the frctures and cleavage planes in ...
  • All of us humans deserve to be protected from radiation exposure. The standards for exposure should be determined by the characteristics of the entire population.