H.R. 4675 provides doctors and government agencies with evidence-based research on the effects that low-dose radiation exposure has on the population. Specifically, the legislation:
- Directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out a basic research program on low-dose radiation within the Office of Science
- Directs DOE to identify ongoing scientific challenges in low dose radiation research and to develop a long-term basic research plan that addresses these challenges while leveraging the existing body of scientific knowledge and engaging with the international research community
- Directs DOE to consult with NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the EPA, the DOD, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security in carrying out this program
- Requires DOE to provide Congress with a 4-year research plan that identifies and prioritizes basic research needs relating to low-dose radiation within 180 days of enactment
According to the bill’s sponsor, there is ample data that demonstrates the harmful effects that high-dose radiation has on the human body, but there are few measurements or studies focusing on low-dose radiation.