Radon Prevention and Remediation

Overview and Background


The general objective of this project is to assist in reducing the significant public health burden of radon related lung cancers in EU Member States (MS). The effectiveness of the various existing radon prevention and remediation strategies in the MS will be assessed with the objective of improving them. The assessment of potential conflicts between EU energy conservation objectives in buildings and radon control technologies will be an important objective of this project.

Existing radon control strategies in EU Member States will be critically reviewed. A model of sufficient flexibility to permit different Member States to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a range of possible radon prevention and remediation strategies will be developed in the project. Radon risk communication strategies targeted at policy/decision makers, the general public and high risk groups such as people in high-radon areas, smokers and former smokers will also be developed.

By means of its deliverables it is expected that this project will heighten awareness both of the public and of decision makers of the health burden of radon in the EU and of the technical means available to control radon. An important aspect of this project will be the transfer of this information to new and accession Member States where radon control strategies are presently almost non-existent.

Previous studies on the response to dealing with the radon problem have shown the great complexity of the issue. Their findings suggest the need for a new and bigger effort to understand this subject. It is clear that only a joint European effort can provide the necessary experience and diversity of circumstances to provide an insight into this complex problem and in how to deal effectively with it.