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The indoor radon problem

by Brookins, Douglas G.

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TD885.5.R33 B76 1990
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  TD885.5.R33 B76 1990
 
 
Clairton Public Library Non-Fiction 628.5 B872
Location  Clairton Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  628.5 B872
 
 
Summary
Describes the health hazards of radon, explains how to measure radon levels in the home, and offers advice on making one's home safe.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Statistics show that indoor radon is the next-to-leading cause of fatal lung cancer in the U.S. In a well-researched, detailed study, geologist Brookins introduces the element, advises the proper procedures for detecting high levels of it in the home (e.g., by such means as activated charcoal canisters and alpha-track detectors), and suggests ways to eliminate it from dwellings. He also comprehensively explains how radon is released from the earth's surface, explores its adverse health effects, examines how it enters and damages the lungs, and discusses radon-entry sources. Because of the complexity of the subject, he assumes rudimentary chemical knowledge. A credible although demanding introduction to a potentially dangerous home situation. Glossary, references. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After cigarette smoking, naturally occurring indoor radon seems to be the nation's second leading cause of death from lung cancer--some 20,000 victims per year, according to estimates. Brookins's primer sounds a clarion call to action on a widespread health problem of which the public is largely unaware. Radon, an inert, radioactive gas, is released by trace uranium and thorium present in soils and rocks. It decays into isotopes of lead, bismuth and polonium--silent killers. Some well waters are also high in radon. Seeping into homes through cracks, joints, pipe fittings and building materials, radon and its isotopes slowly kill people who may not realize the buildup in their dwellings. Geology professor Brookins of the University of New Mexico covers detection and elimination methods, health effects and guidelines for home buyers, sellers and builders. Regrettably, his extremely dry, textbookish approach may keep this important manual from reaching an audience. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Radon -- Environmental aspects.
Indoor air pollution.
Radon -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Publisher New York :Columbia University Press,1990
Language English
Description xi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-221).
ISBN 0231067488 (alk. paper)
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