Radon Hazards in Relation to Elemental and Isotope Composition of the Geological Structures in the Lubelskie Voivodeship
Lucjan Gazda 1  
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Bernard Połednik 1  
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Jacek Czerwiński 1  
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Krzysztof Kozak 2  
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Jadwiga Mazur 2  
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Dominik Grządziel 2  
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Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka Str 40B, 20-618 Lublin, Poland
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Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Radzikowskiego Str. 152, 31-342 Kraków, Poland
Publish date: 2018-03-01
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2018; 19(2):45–49
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The study involved investigation of the relationship between the radon concentrations in the ground air – and thus in the indoor air – and the geological structure of the Lubelskie Voivodeship (eastern Poland). Both passive and active methods were used for measuring the radon concentrations in coal, phosphate and chalk mines, caves, wells as well as indoor environments. The study also included elemental, uranium and lead isotope analyses of rocks. The performed research showed that Paleogene and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks rich in radionuclides are the sources of radon in the Lubelskie Voivodeship. In the case of the buildings located in proximity to such rocks, characterized by relatively high radon exhalations, radon remediation methods are recommended. Already at the designing stage of buildings, the measures which protect against the hazardous radon gas should be applied.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Bernard Połednik   
Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka Str 40B, 20-618 Lublin, Poland