By Hank Campbell | July 15th 2019, Science 2.0
A study has taken a look at the radii of homes with measured data near natural gas wells and statistically linked that to higher radon.
While some in media will use that to sound this week’s ‘science is killing us’ alarm, the reality is that something that is not a concern is being linked to something else not a concern.
First, radon. It is, as is well known to Americans by now, a radioactive gas that is a byproduct of natural uranium in soil, and while that sounds scary to those weaned on a Greenpeace diet of misinformation, it isn’t the case, at least at realistic levels. If you take a train inside Radhausberg mountain in the Austrian Alps, you can enjoy 100 percent humidity, 100 degree heat, and radon-rich air along with lots of other people who pay to visit the Gasteiner Heilstollen (“healing galleries”) to feel better.(1)
Yet during the Clinton administration, the EPA remained consumed with flawed linear no-threshold theory (LNT) and started claiming that 16,000 lung cancer deaths a year were caused by radon, environmental lawyers cackled like Scrooge McDuck on a pile of gold and laws were passed making radon detectors mandatory.