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Lessons to be learned from a contentious challenge to mainstream radiobiological science (the linear no-threshold theory of genetic mutations), Environmental Research, 2017: 154, 362-379

Response to, 'On the origins of the linear no-threshold (LNT) dogma by means of untruths, artful dodges and blind faith,' Environmental Research, 2016: 148, 527-534

Response to Urgent Change Needed to Radiation Protection Policy, Health Physics, 2016: 111, 308-310

Response to The birth of the illegitimate linear no-threshold model: an invalid paradigm for estimating risk following low-dose radiation exposure, Amer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2016: 39, 425-426

The linear no-threshold theory: Readers weigh in, Physics Today, 2016: 60, 11-12

Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants, Phase 2, Committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants, Washington, DC:The National Academies Press, 2016

Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants, Phase 1, Committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants, Washington, DC:The National Academies Press, 2014

X-ray doses from radar received by Belgian professional military radar operators, (Jan Beyea, Bernd Franke, Melvin Siedband), International Journal of Cancer, 2013: 134, 2995-2996

Accounting for long-term doses in “worldwide health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, (Beyea, Lyman, von Hippel), Energy and Environmental Science, 2013: 6:1042-1045.

DNA Damage after Continuous Irradiation: Findings in Mice Compared with Human Epidemiologic Data (letter), Environmental Health Perspecitves, 2012: 120:a383.

In 2012, Dr. Beyea served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The subject was the health effects of low-level radiation exposure. In addition to serving as editor, he contributed the following article.

The scientific jigsaw puzzle: Fitting the pieces of the low-level radiation debate , Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2012: 68:13-28

There are 5 additional sections on this page. Click on a link below to go directly to its section.

  1. Reports dealing with the 1959 accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (near Los Angeles)
  2. Articles and reports on storage of spent nuclear fuel
  3. Other articles and reports (1991-2002)
  4. Articles and reports on the Three Mile Island accident (1980-1991)
  5. Other articles and reports (pre-1991)

Reports dealing with the 1959 accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (near Los Angeles):

(Revision 0) Feasibility of developing exposure estimates for use in epidemiological studies of radioactive emissions from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Report to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel, a Project of The Tides Center (www.ssflpanel.org), October 5, 2006.

Response document 1: Summary response to critiques made by the Boeing Company and some of its consultants of Revision 0 and other studies of the 1959 accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 2007.
Response Document 2: Section-by-section response to critiques made by the Boeing Company and some of its consultants of Revision 0 and other studies of the 1959 accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, 2007.
Response Document 3: Section-by-section response to critiques of Revision 0 and other studies of the 1959 accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory made by John Frazier on behalf of the Boeing Company, 2007.

(Revision 1) Feasibility of developing exposure estimates for use in epidemiological studies of radioactive emissions from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Report to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel, a Project of The Tides Center (www.ssflpanel.org). This 2007 revision, pre-empted by Boeing's release of wind-rose data, is itself being revised to incorporate the wind data and, also, to take into account changes in views of experts included in expert pooling.


^Articles and reports on storage of spent nuclear fuel:

Report To The Massachusetts Attorney General On The Potential Consequences Of A Spent-Fuel-Pool Fire At The Pilgrim Or Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, May 25, 2006.

Damages from a Major Release of 137Cs into the Atmosphere of the United States, (Beyea, Lyman, von Hippel), Science and Global Security, 2004: 12:125-136.

Comment by Herschel Specter and response by authors, Science and Global Security, 12:251–254, 2004
Presentation by Jan Beyea to the Committee of the National Reseach Council studying storage of spent fuel at power reactors, May 10, 2004

Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States, (Alvarez, Beyea, Janberg, Kang, Lyman, Macfarlane, Thompson, and von Hippel), Science and Global Security, 2003: 11:1-51.

A comment by Allan S. Benjamin, along with our response, is part of the above downloadable, pdf file.

See critique by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and our response:

USNRC review of the article by Alvarez et al., entitled 'Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States,' Science and Global Security, 11:203–211, 2003
Response by the Authors to the NRC Review of ‘Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States,’ (Alvarez, Beyea, Janberg, Kang, Lyman, Macfarlane, Thompson, and von Hippel), Science and Global Security, 2003: 11:213-223.

See also critique by Per Peterson, followed by our response:

Peterson review of the article by Alvarez et al., entitled “Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States,” 2003
Response by the authors to the review by Per Peterson of ‘Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States,’ (Alvarez, Beyea, Janberg, Kang, Lyman, Macfarlane, Thompson, and von Hippel)

^Other articles and reports (1991-2002)

The Disposition Dilemma: Controlling the Release of Solid Materials from USNRC-Licensed Facilities,, (With Richard McGee et al.), National Research Council, National Academy Press, 2002.

Scientific misconceptions among Daubert gatekeepers: the need for reform of expert review procedures. (with Daniel Berger) Law and Contemporary Problems 64: 325-387, 2001.

The Association Between Radiation and Non-Neoplastic Thyroid Disease: a Brief Review of the Literature, Presentation at the Workshop on Targeted Screening for Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease in a Higher-Risk Population Exposed to Iodine-131, Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Energy-Related Epidemiologic Research (ACERER), Columbia, Maryland, June 8, 2000.

Scientists in the Courtroom, Science, 284:1125,1999 (letter).

Geographic exposure modeling: A valuable extension of Geographic Information Systems for use in Environmental Epidemiology (2.1 mb), (Beyea and Hatch), Environmental Health Perspectives 107, Supplement I: 181-190, 1999

The Importance of Specifying the Underlying Biologic Model in Estimating the Probability of Causation (1.3 mb), (Beyea and Greenland), Health Physics 76: 269-274, 1999.

Animal Burrowing Attributes Affecting Hazardous Waste Management, (Smallwood, Morrison, Beyea), Environmental Management, 22(6): 931-847, 1998.

Issues in the Dose-Response Analysis of the Mayak Case-Control Study (1 mb), Health Physics, 74(6): 726-727 (1998).

Monitoring the Dispersal of Contaminants by Wildlife at Nuclear Weapons and Waste Storage Facilities, USA. (2.2 mb) (Morrison, Smallwood, Beyea) The Environmentalist, 17:289-295 (1997).

Fallout Exposures from US Weapon Tests: Health Effects other than Thyroid Cancer, Before the Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, US Senate, Oct. 1, 1997

Plutonium distribution in the environs of Rocky Flats. (With Milton Hoenig), Health Phys (letter) 73(1), 271-272 (1997)

Comments on 'A reevaluation of cancer incidence near the Three Mile Island nuclear plant' " (with Hatch and Susser), Environ Health Perspect 105(1), 12 (1997)

The Use of Film Badge Data to Estimate Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Facilities (with V. Harms), TMI Public Health Fund, August 1993.

"Nuclear Energy", (with Valerie Harms), Environment, April 1991.


^Articles and reports on the Three Mile Island accident (1980-1991):

Cancer Rates after the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident and Proximity of Residence to the Plant" (1.3 mb), (with Hatch, Wallenstein, Nieves, Susser), American Journal of Public Health, 18(6), June 1991.

Cancer Near the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant: Radiation Emissions" (2.4 mb), (Hatch, Beyea, Nieves, Susser), American Journal of Epidemiology, Sept. 1990.

The dosimetry report cited in the above TMI studies can be downloaded below. (2.2 mb)
(Re-Estimating the Noble Gas Releases from the Three Mile Island Accident.)

Childhood Cancer Near Three Mile Island: Nuclear Plant Emissions and Background Radiation, (Hatch, Wallenstein, Beyea, Susser), Columbia University, New York, Sept. 1990.

Re-Estimating the Noble Gas Releases from the Three Mile Island Accident (with J. DeCicco), TMI Public Health Fund, August 1990.

Figures for report. (800kb.)

Proceedings of the Workshop on Three Mile Island Dosimetry, Three Mile Island Public Health Fund, 1622 Locust Street, Phila., Pa., Dec., 1985.

Review of Dose Assessments at Three Mile Island and Recommendations for Future Research, Report to the Three Mile Island Public Health Fund (630 kb), August 1984. [See also, "Author Challenges Review", Health Physics Newsletter, March, 1985, and "TMI--Six Years Later", Nuclear Medicine, 26, p. 1345, 1985.]

"Some Long-Term Consequences of Hypothetical Major Releases of Radioactivity to the Atmosphere from Three Mile Island, Report to the President's Council on Environmental Quality," (3.6 mb), December, 1980. " _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Appendices to 'Some Long-Term Consequences...' (4.8 mb)


^Other articles and reports (pre-1991)

"Nuclear Power - Only as a Last Resort to Stave Off Global Warming", Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy," Sept. 1990.

"A Realistic Agenda for Second Generation Nuclear Reactors", before the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate, May 10, 1990.

"Is There Any Role for Nuclear Power in Preventing Climate Disruption?", Hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, House of Representatives, Serial No. 101-17, March, 1989.

"On Potential Radiation Dosage Consequences of the Accidents that Form the Basis for the NRC Emergency Planning Rules," on behalf of the Attorney General of Massachusetts in the matter of Public Service Company of New Hampshire (Seabrook Station, Units 1 and 2) [with Steven C. Sholly, Gordon Thompson, Jennifer Leaning.] September, 1987. Also, "Sheltering at Seabrook", (with Gordon Thompson and Robert Goble), June 16, 1988.

"Responses to the Chernobyl Accident", before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U. S. Senate, June 19, 1986.

Notes on Long-Range Issues in Nuclear Regulation, in "Regulation and the Nuclear Option," Institute for Energy Analyses, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, l986.

"Containment of a Reactor Meltdown" (880 kb) , (with Frank von Hippel), Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 38, p. 52, August/September, 1982.

"Second Thoughts (about Nuclear Safety)", in Nuclear Power: Both Sides, W. W. Norton and Co. (New York, 1982).

"Some Consequences of Catastrophic Accidents at Indian Point and Their Implications for Emergency Planning," (18 mb), testimony and cross-examination before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, on behalf of the New York State Attorney General and others, July, 1982.

"Future Prospects for Commercial Nuclear Power in the United States", before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, October 23, 1981.

"Stockpiling of Potassium Iodide for the General Public as a Condition for Restart of TMI Unit No. 1", testimony and cross-examination before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board on behalf of the Anti-Nuclear Group Reprsenting York, April, 1981.

"Emergency Planning for Reactor Accidents" (770 kb), Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 36, p. 40, December, 1980. (An earlier version of the article appeared in German as Chapter 3 in Im Ernstfall Hilflos, E. R. Koch, Fritz Vahrenholt, editors, Keipenheuer & Witsch, Cologne, 1980.)

Decontamination of Krypton 85 from Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant, (with Kendall et al), Report of the Union of Concerned Scientists to the Governor of Pennsylvania, May 15, 1980.

Some Comments on Consequences of Hypothetical Reactor Accidents at the Philippines Nuclear Power Plant (with Gordon Thompson), Audubon EPAD Report #3, April, 1980.

Nuclear Reactor Accidents: The Value of Improved Containment, (with Frank von Hippel), Center for Energy and Environmental Studies Report PU/CEES 94, Princeton University, January, 1980.

"Dispute at Indian Point", Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 36, p. 63, May, 1980.

"Nuclear Reactors: How Safe Are They?", panel discussion sponsored by the Academy Forum of the National Academy of Sciences, Wash., D.C., May 5, 1980.

"Advice and Recommendations Concerning Changes in Reactor Design and Safety Analysis which should be Required in Light of the Accident at Three Mile Island", statement to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission concerning the proposed rulemaking hearing on degraded cores, December 29, 1980.

"The Crisis of Nuclear Energy", Subject No. 367 on William Buckley's Firing Line, P.B.S. Television. Transcript printed by Southern Education Communications Assoc., 928 Woodrow Street, P. O. Box 5966, Columbia, S.C., 1979.

"The Effects of Releases to the Atmosphere of Radioactivity from Hypothetical Large-Scale Accidents at the Proposed Gorleben Waste Treatment Facility," (1.8 mb), report to the Government of lower Saxony, Federal Republic of Germany, as part of the Gorleben International Review, February, 1979.

"Alternatives to the Indian Point Nuclear Reactors", statement before the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, December 14, 1979. Also before the Committee, "The Impact on New York City of Reactor Accidents at Indian Point", June 11, 1979. Also "Consequences of a Catastrophic Reactor Accident", statement to the New York City Board of Health, August 12, 1976 (with Frank von Hippel).

Reactor Safety Research at the Large Consequence End of the Risk Spectrum, presented to the Experts' Meeting on Reactor Safety Research in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, September 1, 1978.

"Emergency Planning for a Catastrophic Reactor Accident", testimony before the California Energy Resources and Development Commission, Emergency Response and Evacuation Plans Hearings, p. 171, November 4, 1978.

A Study of Some of the Consequences of Hypothetical Reactor Accidents at Barseback, report to the Swedish Energy Comm., Stockholm, DS I 1978:5, 1978.

"Consequences of Catastrophic Accidents at Jamesport", testimony before the N.Y. State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment in the Matter of Long Island Lighting Co. (Jamesport Nuclear Power Station), May, 1977.

"Short-Term Effects of Catastrophic Accidents on Communities Surrounding the Sundesert Nuclear Installation", testimony before the California Energy Resources and Development Commission, December 3, 1976.

"Comments on WASH-1400," Statement to the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, Oversight Hearings on Reactor Safety, June 11, 1976, Serial No. 94-61, p. 210.

"Upper Limit Calculations of Deaths from Nuclear Reactors," Bulletin of American Physics Society, 21, III 1976.



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