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Title: Indoor radon: A natural risk

Indoor radon: A natural risk Radon decay products have produced excess lung cancer mortality in several groups of underground miners. Radon is the common etiological factor in several types of mines, and the data show a distinct exposure-effect relationship. Indoor radon exposures in some homes and other buildings may exceed those allowed for miners, remediation is desirable in those cases. Extrapolation of miner risk factors predicts that exposures at average indoor concentrations will produce several thousand lung cancer deaths per year. Unlike other readioactivity contamination problems, decisions and costs for remediation are the responsibility of the individual homeowner. 37 refs., 2 tabs.
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 6665460
Resource Type:Journal Article
Resource Relation:Journal Name: Nuclear Safety; (United States); Journal Volume: 32:4
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; LUNGS; CARCINOGENESIS; MINERS; MORTALITY; MINES; SAFETY ANALYSIS; RADON; DECAY; BUILDINGS; ETIOLOGY; EXTRAPOLATION; ANIMALS; BODY; ELEMENTS; FLUIDS; GASES; MAMMALS; MAN; NONMETALS; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; ORGANS; PATHOGENESIS; PERSONNEL; PRIMATES; RARE GASES; RESPIRATORY SYSTEM; UNDERGROUND FACILITIES; VERTEBRATES 540130* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Radioactive Materials Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-); 560151 -- Radiation Effects on Animals-- Man