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Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2015 Jun;164(4):563-8. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv312. Epub 2015 May 11.

High radon areas in the Walloon region of Belgium.

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1
ISIB, Haute Ecole P.-H. Spaak, Rue Royale 150, Brussels 1000, Belgium tondeur@isib.be.
2
European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Nuclear Security Unit, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, Ispra, VA I-21027, Italy.
3
FANC, Ravensteinstraat 36, Brussels 1000, Belgium.

Abstract

Indoor radon data from Southern Belgium are organised in 35 geological units (GUs), most of which are homogeneous with respect to the radon risk. The percentage of cases above the reference level (400 Bq m(-3); 300 Bq m(-3) in the future) is calculated for these GUs from the observations and from the log-normal distribution fitted to the data. Affected areas are defined as areas with more than 1 % of houses above the reference level. In the north of the region, the old Palaeozoic basement is generally covered by Silesian, Cretaceous and Tertiary rocks, which are unaffected. The affected areas here are hot spots associated with specific Palaeozoic outcrops. In the south, there is generally no cover above Palaeozoic formations, which are often radon affected. The affected areas of Ardenne and Condroz dominate this part, but unaffected areas occur like Famenne and Gaume. About 48 % of the Walloon region is expected to be radon affected.

PMID:
25969523
DOI:
10.1093/rpd/ncv312
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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