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The costs and benefits of radon remediation programmes in existing homes: case study of action level selection

Denman, A. R., Phillips, P. S. and Tornberg, R. (2002) The costs and benefits of radon remediation programmes in existing homes: case study of action level selection. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 62(1), pp. 17-27. 0265-931X.

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Abstract: Radon gas can be present within buildings at sufficiently high levels that it becomes a health risk. Such levels can be reduced, and so radon remediation programmes in the home in UK Affected Areas should result in reduced risks to the population. This paper considers the benefits and costs of the domestic radon remediation programme in Northamptonshire, UK, and considers the implications of the choice of Action Level, in view of the adoption of different levels in many countries. A programme with a higher Action Level will cost less, and target those most at risk, but will be less cost effective. In addition, a higher Action Level leaves a higher residual dose and risk to the remaining population. Such doses are higher than and inconsistent with the radiation dose limits for the general public in the EU Basic Standards Directive
Additional Information: UoA 12, RAE 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radon gas; Remediation; Action level; Health risk; Cost effectiveness; Lung cancer
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA565 Environmental health
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD885.5 Radon pollution
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology
Creators: Denman, Anthony R, Phillips, Paul S and Tornberg, R
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Environment
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: 1 April 2002
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 17-27
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Volume: 62
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 0265-931X
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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