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Ian Fairlie is a professional anti-nuclear power activist. At one stage he was secretary of Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE), which included such illustrious anti-nuclear power campaigners as Christopher Busby among its members. He flaunts his status as a science graduate to lobby government against nuclear power. He speaks passionately at anti-nuclear power rallies (for example: just after the Fukushima tsunami, he spoke in Berlin).
He has been very influential in promoting radiophobia within the UK government and beyond as he had been the head of the Secretariat of the UK Government’s CERRIE Committee on internal radiation risks from 2000 to 2004, and after retiring from his post acted as a consultant on radiation matters to regional, domestic and international European governing bodies.
He has been accused of cherry-picking data. As an example he referred to the atomic bomb survivor study in 2011 because it appeared to support the linear no-threshold (LNT) or no-safe dose hypothesis of radiation harm he supports. Newer atomic bomb survivor data however no longer support the LNT model (and its no safe dose), because the dose-response data are no longer linear, having significant curvature. He just ignores the newer data.
"We have already seen fuel cladding fires in the fuel ponds"
"There's been huge amounts of air emissions to the point whereby, in children's playgrounds and schools about 60 to 70 kilometres away we seeing annual doses — hourly doses (which if you worked it up to an annual dose) would be 250 mSv per year"
"despite what the IAEA and the WHO and UNSCEAR have said in their denials of the effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima"
- Ian Fairlie website: About Ian Fairlie
- Report of the Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE), 2004.
- Fairlie, Ian. biography
- Fairlie, Ian. "US NRC Consultation: LNT vs hormesis", August 1, 2015
- Fairlie, Ian. Speech at Chernobyl Congress (IPPNW conference) Berlin. 9 April 2011
- Fairlie, Ian. "Are Radiation Risks Overrated?", November 24, 2011
- Ozasa, K., et al. 2012. Studies of the mortality of atomic bomb survivors, Report 14, 1950-2003: an overview of cancer and noncancer diseases. Radiat Res., 177, 229-43.
- Fairlie, Ian. speech transcript