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Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management

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*Members of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the 1983-1984 term were Edwin P. Maynard, III, M.D., Chairman; Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., M.D.; Steven C. Beering, M.D.; Richard G. Farmer, M.D.; Paul F. Griner, M.D.; John R. Hogness, M.D.; Charles E. Lewis, M.D.; Donald E. Olson, M.D.; Malcolm L. Peterson, M.D.; Theodore B. Schwartz, M.D.; and Helen L. Smits, M.D. Richard J. Reitemeier, M.D.; and Francis J. Sweeney, Jr., M.D., were ex officio members.This paper was drafted by Gene Cassel, staff, and was developed for the Health and Public Policy Committee by the Subcommittee on Health Care Delivery: Paul F. Griner, M.D., Chairman; Linda Hawes Clever, M.D.; Daniel D. Federman, M.D.; Charles E. Lewis, M.D.; Beverly Payne, M.D.; and William A. Reynolds, M.D. This position paper was adopted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents on 12 March 1984.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

© 1984 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):912-913. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-912
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The safe disposal of low-level radioactive waste has in recent years received increasing national attention. Of particular concern has been the availability of shallow land burial sites in face of the increasing volume of lowlevel radioactive waste produced and the limited capacity of sites currently open. The problem of adequate and safe disposal has serious implications regarding the protection of the environment and the health and safety of the American public. In particular, patients must not be denied the diagnostic and therapeutic advantages of safe and effective medical technologies due to a lack of safe disposal sites for the low-level


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