National Radon Control Strategy – One Year On

Date released: Jun 03 2015, 9:22 AM

The twelfth National Radon Forum, to be held at EPA Headquarters in Wexford today, will review progress on the implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy.  Participants will hear of work to make information about radon more accessible to homeowners and employers, to improve the effectiveness of preventive measures in new buildings and to ensure public confidence in the radon industry.  The results of research carried out by the EPA will also be presented, including the cost of radon remediation, the impact of energy retrofitting on indoor radon levels and the average national indoor radon level.

The National Radon Control Strategy (NRCS), which covers a four year period to 2018, is led by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and is implemented by an inter-agency group. Members of the group comprise representatives from: Environmental Protection Agency, Health Service Executive, Health and Safety Authority, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Geological Survey of Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, County and City Managers' Association, Department of Health and the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

Dr Ann Mc Garry, Director of the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection said,

“Good progress has been made on the implementation of the National Strategy in its first year.  This progress is as a result of strong engagement and good collaboration between the Departments and Agencies with a remit to tackle radon.  The EPA has an important role in implementing the Strategy including providing the data and information needed to guide its roll out.  It is essential that this momentum is maintained to ensure that the number of radon related lung cancers in Ireland are reduced."

The strategy document and Year 1 report to Government is available from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government website.
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Further information: Niamh Hatchell/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie

Notes to Editor:

National Radon Control Strategy : The National Radon Control Strategy was launched in February 2014 by the then Minister for the Environment, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D. The Strategy aims to tackle the serious public health problem caused by radon gas and to reduce the associated lung cancer cases.

National Radon Forum: The National Radon Forum is the twelfth in a series of annual forums that provide an opportunity for those with a role to play in reducing the risk from radon in Ireland to review progress and to consider new strategies based on best international practice. The National Radon Forum brings together a broad range of stakeholders focused on addressing the radon problem in Ireland.

Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that originates from the decay of uranium in rocks and soils. It has no smell, colour or taste and can only be detected using special detectors. Outdoors, radon quickly dilutes to harmless concentrations but when it enters an enclosed space, such as a house or other building, it can accumulate to unacceptably high concentrations
Detailed information on radon and its risks, including information on how to get your home or workplace tested for radon is available on the EPA's website or via freefone 1800 300 600.

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