In the past nine months alone, a sixth of all houses tested for radon in Waterford city and county have revealed high levels of the cancer-causing gas.
This worrying statistic, revealed by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) has prompted one TD to call for the introduction of mandatory radon testing in all homes.
“High levels of radon were found in almost every town and village,” according to Deputy Paudie Coffey, following the RPII’s recent testing operation. “And it is clear from the RPII findings that radon continues to pose a significant problem right across Waterford.”
The latest RPII testing in Waterford accounted for 500 homes, with 84 of these found to be above the acceptable levels of radiation exposure, with one home detected as having 10 times the acceptable level. That’s the equivalent of receiving seven chest x-rays a day.