[ RadSafe ] Mr. Connell states basis for radon risk reduction "havebeen rejected by legitimate scientists for decades"

Maury Siskel maurysis at peoplepc.com
Wed May 6 04:18:05 CDT 2009

It is difficult to follow this thread without some amusement. If memory 
serves, there were intense and very informative disagreements on radsafe 
about 12 years ago (among other periods). The archives would refresh 
many of these data including vigorous efforts by Bill Field and others 
-- it was complete with a mystery participant who refused to identify 
themselves or their affiliation. My subjective recollection is that 
Bernie Cohen's classic comprehensive work pretty well carried the day. 
That research still stands, I think, untarnished to this day.  In any 
case, there remains a wealth of information and references in the 
archives of that once upon a time in a land far away ....    sigh ....


Maury&Dog   [MaurySiskel  maurysis at peoplepc.com]
Steven Dapra wrote:

> May 5
>         True enough.  No one has made that claim.  Is it possible to 
> prove that 250 pCi/L in a home *can* cause cancer?  Or that it will?  
> And for what period of time must one be exposed to Rn at this level?  
> Etc., etc.  I am not suggesting that anyone is making the claim that 
> exposure in a home, at this level, can cause cancer.  I am merely 
> asking an academic question, to wit, can it be proven.
> Steven Dapra
> _______________________________
> At 03:29 PM 5/5/09 -0400, you wrote:
>> Brennan, Mike (DOH) wrote:
>>> While it is not a study, here is an article about a situation I was 
>>> slightly involved in: 
>>> http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/mar/08/a-silent-danger/. The 
>>> woman in the article is a never-smoker, living in and from 
>>> non-smoking households, and working in a smoke free workplace.  She 
>>> was diagnosed with lung cancer.  When her home was tested for radon 
>>> the levels on the main floor, including in her bedroom, were around 
>>> 250 pCi/l.  I am not a radi-phobe, but that's a lot of radon.  I 
>>> acknowledge that we do not know for certain what induced her cancer, 
>>> but I know what I consider to be the most likely suspect.
> __________________________________
>>  No one has claimed that 250 pCi/L in a home cannot cause cancer
>> -- 
>> Bernard L. Cohen
>> Physics Dept., University of Pittsburgh
>> Pittsburgh, PA 15260
>> Tel: (412)624-9245  Fax: (412)624-9163
>> e-mail: blc at pitt.edu  web site: http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc

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