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.