Shale Gas: Radioactive Radon Risk In Homes

Exposure to the radioactive element, which increases the risk of lung cancer, will be 15 times higher than with natural gas.

Domestic gas supplied by the controversial process of fracking will increase levels of radioactive radon in people’s homes, public health experts have warned.

A risk assessment by Public Health England (PHE) shows that shale gas would result in individual exposures to radon that are 15 times higher than through existing supplies of natural gas.

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