Indoor radon concentrations in taiwanese homes

I. Fu Hung, Cheng Ching Yu, Chuan Jong Tung, Yi Ching Yang, Kei Den Chou

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Abstract

Many air pollutants may be present in the indoor environment. Commonly reported pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds, radon and its progeny, asbestos fibers and airborne particles. Among these indoor pollutants, radon and its progeny have been known to increase the risk of lung cancer in the U.S. Various studies also found in general higher concentrations of air pollutants in the indoor environment. It is a serious concern to us because of the long periods of time we spend indoors. In this study, the alpha-track radon monitor was used in the screening of higher risk buildings in Taipei and Hsinchu city. None of the homes in the 32 buildings surveyed in these cities had air concentrations of radon exceeding the action level of 4 pCi/1 recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Different sources to indoor radon concentrations are the underlying soil, building materials, outdoor air, water and gaseous fuels. Ventilation of the homes and seasonal variations are major factors of higher radon concentrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1859-1870
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A: Environmental Science and Engineering and Toxicology
Volume29
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 01 10 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Radon Concentrations and Taiwanese Homes

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