More than ten per cent of Tipperary homes recently tested for radon were found to have high levels of the cancer-causing gas according to figures released by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).
Over 300 homes from across the country have been identified by the RPII as having high levels of radon in the last seven months. Nationally, radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year.
In Tipperary, 502 tests for radon gas were completed in homes between June 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 following a comprehensive awareness campaign carried out by the RPII in the south of the county in May 2011. Of the 502 homes tested, 54 were above the acceptable level of 200 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3).
One home in Clonmel had more than four times the acceptable level with a reading in excess of 800 Bq/m3. The remaining 53 homes had readings above and up to four times the acceptable level and were found in: Clonmel (24), Cahir (13), Carrick On Suir (11), Ardfinnan (1), Ballina (1), Cashel (1), Clogheen (1) and Fethard (1)