Cancer-causing radon exposure addressed by UN agency

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A Forum organized by the IAEA during the 57th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, convened a panel of experts to discuss the risks of radon exposure, and the steps that States can take to protect their populations. Photo: J. Brazda/IAEA

Efforts are being made at the United Nations to address a radio-active element which is commonly found in the environment and which has potentially deadly consequences.

Radon can build up in the ground and seep into houses; exposure can cause lung cancer.

Now the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping countries in Europe to develop a National Radon Action Plan which will protect people from the harmful effects of the element.

Steve Thachet reports.

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