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AN OVERVIEW OF INDOOR RADON RISK REDUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES
Harrison, J. AND M. Osborne. AN OVERVIEW OF INDOOR RADON RISK REDUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/J-92/364 (NTIS PB93107092), 1992.
The paper presents an overview of indoor radon risk reduction in the U.S. EPA currently estimates that 15,000-20,000 Americans die each year fromradon-induced lung cancer. his estimate is based on epidemiological data which establish the link between radon and lung cancer, and surveys which provide estimates of radon exposure to the American public. PA and state cosponsored radon surveys conducted in 34 states have indicated that house with elevated radon levels exist in all parts of the U.S. hese surveys have also indicated that radon levels in individual houses cannot be predicted with any degree of accuracy with existing methods. ndividual houses must be tested. ased on these surveys, the EPA estimates that up to 8 million houses have annual average radon levels in the living area which exceed EPA's action guidelines of 150 Bq/cu m. esponding to the great health risk posed by indoor radon, EPA, through its comprehensive Radon Action Program, has focused on many activities designed to reduce risk to the public from indoor radon. ey activities in this effort include the research and development of risk-reduction technology and the transfer of this technology to state and local goverments, private sector industry, and the public.