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Reuters: World Health Organization Launches New Attack on Lung Cancer
September 25, 2009, 8:50 am
Filed under: News

Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:00am EDT

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In simultaneous releases published around across the globe today, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for stronger action against indoor radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among U.S. and Canadian non-smokers.

The central WHO recommendation is to lower radon gas levels by one-third below the current U.S. guidance. The lower WHO action level doubles the number of U.S. homes needing radon control systems from 8 million to 15 million. [snip]

… WHO recommends a threshold of action of 2.7 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), a measure of radioactivity. The new threshold contrasts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) level of 4 pCi/L; an action level that has been in place for 40 years.

In addition to testing, the WHO handbook notes that indoor radon is the result of the way we design and build homes.  Thus, WHO places clear responsibility for radon exposure on architects, builders, and real estate professionals and urges radon control system in new homes and testing homes for sale. [snip]
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Full article at:
<www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS107486+21-Sep-2009+PRN20090921>

New WHO radon handbook:
<www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/radon/en/index1.html>

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