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Article Type: Newbriefs From: Structural Survey, Volume 29, Issue 3
Keywords: Data, Homes, Lung cancer, Radon
Households across England and Wales can now access details about radon measurements in their area, in a new Health Protection Agency (HPA) report. For many years the HPA’s radon team has been gathering and publishing data on indoor concentrations of the gas across the UK. The new report, published at www.hpa.org.uk/Publications/ brings together thousands of measurements made by the Agency in England and Wales and presents summaries by postcode and by council area. The new work has allowed scientists to calculate that between 100,000 and 200,000 homes across England and Wales are above the Radon Action Level; the threshold at which HPA recommends that radon should be reduced. Radon is a naturally occurring odourless, colourless, radioactive gas and is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK.