Thirteen Organizations Oppose John D. Graham’s Membership on National Academies’ Low-Dose Radiation Committee

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On July 22, a comment letter signed by thirteen environmental and public interest groups was sent to the National Academies’ Committee on Developing a Long-Term Strategy for Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States, opposing the provisional membership thereon of John D. Graham.

We write to object strongly to the provisional appointment of John D. Graham to the National Academies’ Committee on Developing a Long-Term Strategy for Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States. Graham lacks radiation expertise, has spent decades pushing for weakening of environmental and public health protections, and has a long record of conflicts of interest and advancing positions of industry funders. Thus Graham’s addition to the committee would provide neither a balanced perspective nor technical expertise relevant to this committee, and his membership thereon would be inappropriate. What follows is a brief history of Graham’s troubled track record. We urge you to remove John D. Graham from the provisional committee membership.

The full letter can be read here. It was signed by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Beyond Nuclear, Gender and Radiation Impact Project, Support and Education for Radiation Victims, Committee to Bridge the Gap, Public Citizen Texas, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, and Physicians for Social Responsibility-San Francisco Bay Area.