Radon deaths

Cyril R
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Radon deaths

Post by Cyril R » Aug 15, 2014 6:08 pm

The website of that radiophobe organisation that keeps pretending to protect the environment by going easy on coal emissions standards, has some outrageous claims.
Not everyone exposed to high levels of radon will develop lung cancer. However, radon in indoor air is the second leading cause of lung cancer. About 20,000 deaths a year in the U.S. are caused by breathing radon in indoor air....

...breathing radon increases the risk of lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Some radon stays in the water; drinking water containing radon also presents a risk of developing internal organ cancers, primarily stomach cancer.
Wow, a load off my mind, I might not get lung cancer from the air in my staircase, if I'm one of those lucky few belonging to "not everyone". As if that's not ridiculous enough a statement from an official agency, it is then followed up by the amazing number of 20000 deaths a year. So the EPA is claiming that radon has similar risk to traffic accidents. Oh, and you get stomach cancer by drinking water. Great.

Amazingly, the EPA refers to this "information" as "basic information".

Things everyone should know about radon, huh?

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs ... mation.cfm

They refer to a NAS report, which already explains much. Still, this EPA website is pretty depressing.

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Re: Radon deaths

Post by rgvandewalker » Dec 09, 2014 4:35 pm

And, don't forget that "Clean natural gas" often has large amounts of radon, and that it is released directly into the environment by gas turbine plants. Without licensing.

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Re: Radon deaths

Post by Kirk Sorensen » Dec 09, 2014 7:00 pm

The EPA's conjecture that radon causes 2000 deaths a year is a straight-up consequence of the "linear, no-threshold" hypothesis.

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Re: Radon deaths

Post by jaro » Dec 10, 2014 12:16 am

Where is the Radon and where are the deaths ?
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Re: Radon deaths

Post by jaro » Dec 10, 2014 12:19 am

Theory versus observation on Radon effects:
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Re: Radon deaths

Post by nsche » Dec 10, 2014 12:38 pm

Kirk Sorensen wrote:The EPA's conjecture that radon causes 2000 deaths a year is a straight-up consequence of the "linear, no-threshold" hypothesis.
2000 would be enough of a conjecture but the cited web site says 20,000
About 20,000 deaths a year in the U.S. are caused by breathing radon in indoor air
Even harder to support.
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Re: Radon deaths

Post by rgvandewalker » Dec 10, 2014 4:01 pm

From the map, the big problem is being downstream or downwind from industry, especially a coal plant.
The places with cheap hydro don't have nearly as many issues.

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Re: Radon deaths

Post by Vince Hughes » Dec 27, 2014 5:41 pm

The Agency's updated calculation of a best estimate of annual lung cancer deaths from radon is about 21,000 (with an uncertainty range of 8,000 to 45,000), which is consistent with the estimates of the BEIR VI Report.
http://www.epa.gov/radon/risk_assessment.html

Those are some mighty large error bars they have there.

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