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02/05/2018

MetroRadon: an European project to improve radon measurement in Europe

The MetroRadon research project, which brings together fifteen European partners, including IRSN, is in line with the new requirements on radon under Council Directive.

Radon is a radioactive gas occurring naturally in rocks and soil and found throughout our environment. The public authorities keep a close watch over its presence in homes and other areas, as it is a risk factor in lung cancer. And radon risk management is based in particular on accurate, standardized measurements of radon in the air.

The three-year MetroRadon project under the EMPIR (European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research) program brings together fifteen European partners, including IRSN. Its general aim is to improve the measurement of low radon concentrations in the air and to study both the impact of thoron (radon-220) on radon measurements, and solutions to mitigate it.

MetroRadon aims also to compare radon measurement methods in the field in order to explore the possibilities for standardizing practices and to study various approaches that allow more accurate identification of priority areas for managing the risk related to the presence of radon in buildings.

The project is in line with the new requirements on radon under Council Directive 2013/59 EURATOM of December 5, 2013, which establishes basic safety standards for protection against the dangers of exposure to ionizing radiation.

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