The Environmental Protection Agency's protective action guides for a radiological emergency, which were updated earlier this month, could be written to be better understood by local officials in such a situation, writes The Washington Post's editorial board. The guidelines encourage officials to consider more in depth how to best respond to a radiological emergency and meet existing standards, the board writes. "If the EPA wants city, county and state officials to pay attention ... the agency ought to rewrite the guidelines in plain English."

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