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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety By the end of 2020, the federal states will designate areas in which the legal reference value of 300 Becquerel per cubic meter of indoor air for radon is more likely to be exceeded.

By the end of the year, the federal states will designate areas in which the legal reference value of 300 Becquerel per cubic meter of indoor air for radon is to be expected more, so-called radon prevention areas. With this in mind, State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth and Dr. Inge Paulini, President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), informed in a press conference today about the importance of protection against the naturally occurring radioactive noble gas radon. Radon is one of the most common causes of lung cancer after smoking. The modernized radiation protection law from 2018 means that far-reaching regulations on protection against radon apply to the entire federal territory. In radon prevention areas, there are higher requirements for radon protection in new buildings and measurement obligations at workplaces on the ground floor and basement. State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth: “We have made good progress in protecting against radon in Germany in recent years and are about to take the next important step. With the designation of radon precautionary areas by the federal states, regions in which the reference value for radon is more likely to be exceeded and in which there is greater need for action can be targeted. This also raises public awareness, which is at least as important for radon protection as the further measures taken by the federal and state governments. ”BfS President Inge Paulini:“ The harmful effects of radon have been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, the risk posed by radon is often underestimated. The designation of radon prevention areas is an important, but not the only, building block for better protection against radon: Everyone can take action to protect themselves and their families from radon – even outside the radon prevention areas. That is why I encourage everyone to deal with the topic of radon. ”The radioactive noble gas radon is mainly produced when naturally occurring radioactive substances in the soil decay. From there it gets into the air and can be inhaled. Radon dilutes quickly in outside air and is normally not a problem there. However, it can accumulate in the air inside buildings. If radon is inhaled in higher concentrations over a longer period of time, the risk of lung cancer increases. In Germany, radon is distributed very differently depending on the regional geology. The Radiation Protection Act therefore regulates that the federal states designate radon prevention areas by the end of the year in which the statutory reference value for radon is more likely to be exceeded. This does not mean that the reference value is exceeded in every building in radon prevention areas. The reference value may also be exceeded outside of radon prevention areas. In a radon prevention area, however, the probability that the reference value will be exceeded is higher than in the rest of Germany. A measurement can only be used to determine whether a certain building is affected by reference values ​​being exceeded. Radon measurements are easy and inexpensive to carry out. The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection make an important contribution to protection against radon by offering extensive information and by implementing the radon action plan published by the BMU in 2019 together with the federal states. The radon action plan includes, for example, measures to further develop protection against radon in the area of ​​new and existing buildings, research into radon and the further improvement of the information offered by the federal and state governments. As part of the implementation of the radon action plan, the BMU recently developed a compact brochure that contains all the essential information on protection against radon and provides information on further information.

10/12/2020 | Press release No. 179/20 | Radiation protection

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