To the Editor,
Re: "Our nuclear watchdog more like lapdog,"
Gordon Edwards, Opinion, Feb. 28.
The 4.5 kilograms of heavy water that evaporated at
Chalk River was less than 1,000th of the limit, and no
risk to the public. Gordon Edwards' claim of no safe
threshold overlooks that radiation is natural, with no
negative effects at many times this background. The
numbers can be made to sound big, but consider that
trillions of becquerels of background radiation float
down the Ottawa River every week. Edwards chooses
to scare pregnant and nursing mothers in particular, a
tactic I find most irresponsible.
Deep River, Ont.
Jeremy Whitlock is past-president of the Canadian