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house Bill H.R. 35

Researching Human Exposure to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation

Argument in favor

Thousands of people may be at risk of developing cancer because scientists lack knowledge on the health effects of low-dose radiation.

burmatt19's Opinion
Anything that further benefits the scientific mind and adds more knowledge to the world I support.
Bfallen07's Opinion
I have survived cancer and it's not agin place to be! And one of my main problems is I believe I have been over radiated , I have permanent disability because of it! I had 47 treatments and I was clearly over radiated! Let's fix this serious problem! NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE!

Argument opposed

The effects of low-dose radiation are incredibly difficult to research. Exposure to low-dose radiation doesn’t pose a large enough threat to warrant a study on the subject.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
Cellphone radiation is non-ionizing so this is not the major issue many would think it is.
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John's Opinion
Let the private sector and Universities do this. We are 18 TRILLION IN DEBT. STOP SPENDING!!

What is House Bill H.R. 35?

This bill commissions two studies to be conducted: One on the effects of human exposure to low-dose radiation and one on the status of other research on the topic. These study would be spearheaded by the Director of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science, with the assistance of the National Academies for the study on current research on low-dose radiation.

The studies would be required to:

  • Identify current difficulties in understanding the long-term effects of ionizing radiation;
  • Assess the status of current low-dose radiation research;
  • Create goals for the future of low-dose radiation research;
  • Recommend a long-term research agenda to meet the identified research goals;
  • Define the components of a research program that would follow this agenda within universities and the National Laboratories; and
  • Assess the effectiveness of such a program.

After the studies were finished, the Secretary of Energy would give a report to Congress detailing a 5-year plan in line with the recommendations made by the studies. Additionally, the DOE's human research limitations wouldn't apply for the studies commissioned by the bill.


People who spend time near radioactive material; the Secretary of Energy; the DOE; the National Academies; the National Laboratories; Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 35

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) explained in a press release that understanding the effects of low-dose radiation would prevent unnecessary safety regulations that impede innovation:

"Innovations in medicine and manufacturing have relied on low-dose radiation to conduct X-rays and make precise measurements. When considering any regulatory approach to protecting public health, it is essential we have the science and facts straight before taking any potentially burdensome regulatory actions that could hamper future innovation."

Of Note: At high doses, ionizing radiation can cause cancer in humans. This kind of radiation — a type of energy that kills cells — is most commonly carried in x-rays, radioactive material, and nuclear reactors. Ionizing radiation in particular is high energy and can cause chemical bonds to break down and hurt human biology.


Summary by: Chris Conrad
(Photo Credit: Flickr user johnjones)


Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015

Official Title

To increase the understanding of the health effects of low doses of ionizing radiation.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed January 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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