Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten to introduce a grant support for residents of counties deemed ‘High Priority’ with respect to excessive Radon gas emissions. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that County Tipperary remains an area of significant concern due to its high level of radon, which is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking:
“According to the EPA, the national Reference Level for radon in the home is 200 BP per cubic metre.
This is the level at which it is recommended that you take action to reduce the level of radon in your home.
However, we know from the latest EPA survey carried out in June that several hundred of the 2000 or so homes that were tested in Tipperary far exceed this amount.
This may only be the tip of the iceberg as the EPA noted as recently as 2013 that tens of thousands of home owners in Tipperary had yet to measure their radon levels.
What I am concerned about is the inability of households to meet the cost of remediation, which can run up almost a thousand euro.
It is in light of that that I am making representations to Minister Naughten and asking him to focus specifically on the counties like Tipperary where persistently high levels of radon have been detected for years now,” concluded Deputy McGrath.