Ten Toxic Ingredients Found in Fossil Fuels: No. 9


Radon — #9 In “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries” Series (via Planetsave)

This is the second part of a 10-part series on the ”Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuels Industry.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on silica. 9. Radon Fossil Fuel Use: Natural Gas Radon is a…

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  • T Adkins

    Unfortunately it seems that not much will be done as the EPA considers radon in this aspect part of the NORM(Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material). NORM is not really monitored or tested. Radon has just been around, it is in many basements, it off gases from granite in bedrock and accumulates in lower areas of homes with limited air movement as it is heavier than other gases in the air. Radon already existed in traditionally mined natural gas. Radon comes out of granite counter tops. It is even pulled out of the water by trees and put into the air at tree top heights. Radon also bubbles out from the core of the Earth making its way to the surface, This is a massive amount of off gassing from the core when you consider the inner and outer core are not just bigger than the Moon but larger in size than the planet Mars.

    • Radon isn’t monitored or tested by the gov’t, but it is warned about, and its dangers are well-known: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

      • T Adkins

        No argument here. It is an ever present danger. Even this article states that it is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. For non-smokers it is the number 1 cause of lung cancer. I do understand that fracking for more natural gas will pull up more radon but this article would lead many to believe that radon is unique to fracking and not ever present. I just wanted to add to the one singular 10 word sentence about natural sources. But I did earlier fail to mention drilling for oil and that the mining and crushing of coal also frees radon into the air.

  • curly4

    Don Lieber, Have you stopped using fossil fuels yet? If not then why not? But to quit using fuels that have toxic products or byproducts would you could use only electric generated by solar and wind at this time all other forms of electric generations have is a toxic product or produces toxic byproducts or other environmental problem (hydroelectric).

    Being on your hobby horse as your are you should not use any of these products that you are opposed to which would leave you out in the cold walking everywhere without clothes. Yes even clothing causes pollution that includes leather as will. Leather also caused the need for large herds of cows (pollution) or other animals (again pollution). one could not even use wood of any kind. So, boy you are out of luck.

    • Quit being ridiculous. This isn’t even a straw-man argument- the guy is pushing for alternatives, and doing his best to make those happen. You? You seem to just be an idiot.

  • Radon1

    Truth is if your natural gas burning devices are properly ventilated Radon levels in a home should not be impacted. If the radon is accumulating in homes because it is not exhausting properly the biggest risk is CO poisoning. We all know that all heating units exhaust through a chimney or other outlet, not into a home.

    Let’s stop the fear mongering and lets open a real discussion with facts, science and level heads. There is so much emotion and rhetoric. Sadly this subject is becoming an echo chamber for one side or the other. There must be a change in the tone so solutions to the real risks can be found.