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Radon

Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas which is formed by the radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. Outside, radon gas disperses in the air so levels are very low however, it can seep into enclosed spaces (such as buildings) where it can build up to high levels dependant upon the local geology, atmospheric conditions and ventilation.

Monitoring carried out by the National Radiological Protection Board indicates that the majority of the Borough of Newcastle under Lyme is within an area where less than 1% of the homes are above the radon action level however, there are areas within the Borough where 1-3% of the homes are above the action level. This is the second lowest category and is not a cause for concern. The Building Research Establishment (Report BR211) has supported this by stating that the Borough is not located within an area where protective measures are required in new buildings.

If you have received an environmental search as part of property conveyance that highlights radon, it should be remembered that the report only indicates whether or not the property is in a radon affected area. If you are concerned, further advice should be sought.

Further information can be obtained from the Health Protection Agency or, if the full address of the property is known, you can obtain a radon risk report from the new UK radon website. Alternatively, report which indicates the level of requirement for radon protective measures in new buildings and extensions to existing buildings can be obtained from the British Geological Survey.

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