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In the Oct. 31 article “Fallout projection irks rice region, new targets,” Ayako Mie writes, “Exposure to 100 millisieverts would raise the lifetime risk of dying of cancer by 0.5 percent.”

What kind of information is this? Apart from the fact that it is absolutely meaningless to state the consequences of radioactive exposure without mentioning the time during which it occurs, this sentence merely downplays the risks of radioactivity.

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