The House on Monday passed legislation by voice vote to authorize Department of Energy research on the risks of low-dose ionizing radiation.
Under the measure, H.R. 5544, the Department of Energy's Office of Science would conduct research on low-dose radiation. Rep. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), the bill's sponsor, said there isn't enough scientific data regarding exposure to low levels of radiation.
The director of the Energy Department's Office of Science would be required establish an agreement with the National Academies on a long-term strategy for low-dose radiation research within 60 day's of the bill's enactment. Such a study would have to be completed within 18 months.
The measure encountered no opposition during House floor debate.