Written answers

Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Radon Gas Levels

12:00 pm

Joe Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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Question 203: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will reintroduce the radon remedial grant scheme for domestic dwellings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2883/04]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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It would not be practicable in the current budgetary circumstances to provide for Exchequer funding of a radon remediation grant scheme in respect of domestic dwellings.

The carrying out of radon remediation works, where considered necessary, in respect of private houses is a matter for the householder. My Department's booklet, Radon in Existing Buildings — Corrective Options, provides advice on a range of appropriate remediation options. For example, improved ventilation all year round would be an immediate and non-costly action to prevent build up of radon gas in the home.

In relation to local authority houses, my Department is developing guidelines for local authorities which will recommend a programme of testing for radon in existing rented housing stock, excluding flats above ground floor level. This programme will be prioritised in areas where high radon levels are identified by the RPII and will involve remediation works by the local authorities where necessary. These guidelines will be issued in the near future.

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