[ RadSafe ] DEADLY radon...again

Baumbaugh, Joel T CIV SPAWARSYSCEN-PACIFIC, 55360 joel.baumbaugh at navy.mil
Thu Feb 3 08:00:23 CST 2011

On the same subject: New research shows what a lousy job local TV news does with cancer topics http://www.medpagetoday.com/Blogs/24650?utm_content=GroupCL&utm_medium=email&impressionId=1296714849413&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=mSpoke&userid=84781

Joel Baumbaugh
...still sunny San Diego,

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One of our local news stations is running this tonight:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee has some of the highest levels of radon in the country. The radioactive gas kills thousands every year. The widow of a Middle Tennessee Sheriff believes it may have killed her husband, and now she has cancer. NewsChannel 5 Investigative reporter Ben Hall looks at the danger inside their home, and what you should do to protect yours. Watch the report Thursday night on NewsChannel 5 at 10 p.m.

I sent them an email:

Radon does NOT kill thousands of people each year. Ultra-conservative models that fit functions through very high radon exposures and extrapolate down to normal, daily exposures, when projected over large populations, predict theoretical deaths. Money spent on mitigating these exposures could be spent on improving roads, vehicle safety, etc. and would save ACTUAL lives.


Michael G. Stabin, PhD, CHP
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Vanderbilt University
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
Phone (615) 343-4628
Fax   (615) 322-3764
e-mail     michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu internet   www.doseinfo-radar.com

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