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ACTION ALERT: FEMA Not Responsible for 'Dirty Bomb' Clean-up

April 8, 2006
Committee to Bridge the Gap - Sign Petition by April 12, 2006

DHS rules proposed in January would waive any responsbility for cleaning up the site of "Dirty Bomb" attacks. Instead of protecting residents and restoring cities, FEMA's role would be to tell residents to return to dangerously radioactive cities. It is estimated that one-third of the people would die from radiation-induced illnesses



The Department of Homeland Security has issued new guidance that would allow the government to do no cleanup of radioactive contamination after detonation of a radiological weapon (a so-called “dirty bomb”) and instead let people move back in and be exposed to doses as high as the equivalent of 50,000 chest X-rays.

By the radiation risk estimates of the National Academy of Sciences, a third of the people so exposed would get cancer from the radiation. This is grossly unacceptable.

• (1) Sign on to the group letter opposing the dirty bomb guidance by emailing cindyf@nirs.org by close of business April 12. Indicate your name, organization (if applicable), city and state.

The letter and attachments can be viewed/downloaded at http://www.committeetobridgethegap.org/cleanup/html.

• (2) In addition, if you can, please also send in individual comments to DHS by April 14. Suggested points to make, background information, and instructions on how to send in the comments by email, fax or internet can be found at http://www.committeetobridgethegap.org/urgentaction/urgentaction3.html.

For more information, contact Dan Hirsch of the Committee to Bridge the Gap at (831) 336-8003.





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