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Main Title Considerations of health benefit-cost analysis for activities involving ionizing radiation exposure and alternatives : a report /
CORP Author National Research Council (U.S.). Advisory Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiations.
Publisher National Academy of Sciences,
Year Published 1977
Report Number EPA 520/4-77-003; EPA-68-01-2230
Stock Number PB-286 555
OCLC Number 05584639
Subjects Radiation--Physiological effect--Costs ; Ionizing radiation--Physiological effect--Costs ; Radiation--Toxicology ; Cost-Benefit Analysis ; Nuclear Medicine ; Radiation Protection ; Radiation, Ionizing ; Cost effectiveness
Additional Subjects Radiation--Physiological effects--Costs ; Ionizing radiation ; Radiation--Toxicology ; Benefit cost analysis ; Health physics ; Radiation effects ; Exposure ; Development ; Methodology ; Recommendations ; Law(Jurisprudence) ; Tables(Data)
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJED  EPA 520-4-77-003 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 01/01/1988
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 520-4-77-003 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ELBD RPS EPA 520-4-77-003 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 05/16/2016
ERAD  EPA 520/4-77-003 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/16/2012
NTIS  PB-286 555 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 199 pages : illustrations.
The report deals with development of methodology for the health benefit-cost analysis of activities that result in radiation exposure to humans. It attempts to frame the problems and to communicate the necessary elements of the complex technical process required for this method of analysis. The main thrust of the report is to develop a methodology for analyzing the benefits and costs of these activities. Application of the methodology is demonstrated for nuclear power production and medical uses of radiation, but no definitive analysis is attempted. The report concludes that benefit-cost analysis can be effectively applied to these applications and that it provides a basis for more informed governmental decision-making and for public participation in evaluating the issues of radiation exposure. It notes, however, that for cases where national policy is involved, decisions must inevitably be made on the basis of value judgements to which such analyses can make only limited contributions. An important conclusion is that a significant reduction in radiation exposure to the population is apparently achievable by development of methods for eliminating unproductive medical X-ray exposure.
"Prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Contract no. 68-01-2230 with the National Research Council." Includes bibliographical references.