[ RadSafe ] DEADLY radon...again
michael.g.stabin at Vanderbilt.Edu
Thu Feb 3 07:20:03 CST 2011
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
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
Phone (615) 343-4628
Fax (615) 322-3764
e-mail michael.g.stabin at vanderbilt.edu
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