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Main Title Assessment of Potential Radiological Health Effects from Radon in Natural Gas.
Author Johnson, Jr, Raymond H. ; Bernhard, David E. ; Nelso, Neal S. ; Calley, J, Harry W. ;
CORP Author Office of Radiation Programs, Washington, D.C. Field Operations Div.
Year Published 1973
Report Number 520/1-73-004;
Stock Number PB-226 734
Additional Subjects Natural gas ; Radon isotopes ; Natural radioactivity ; Health physics ; Radiation effects ; Respiratory system ; Lung ; Pulmonary neoplasms ; Respiration ; Dosage ; Dose rate ; Humans ; Ventilation ; Heating ; Dosimetry ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-226 734 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 68p
Natural gas contains varying amounts of radon-222 which becomes dispersed in homes when natural gas is used in unvented appliances. Radon decays to alpha-emitting daughter products which can contribute to lung cancer when inhaled and deposited in the respiratory system. For the average use of unvented kitchen ranges and space heaters, the tracheobronchial dose equivalent to individuals was estimated as 15 and 54 mrem/yr, respectively, or 2.73 million person-rems/yr to the United States population. A review of exposure conditions, lung model parameters, dose conversion factors, and health effect factors indicated this population dose equivalent could potentially lead to 15 deaths a year from lung cancer. (Modified author abstract)