Written Answers. - Radon Gas Levels.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

51 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the action, if any, he will take arising from reports of higher than usual levels of radon gas in a number of buildings; if his Department has been alerted to the existence of dangerous levels in any particular regions or districts; the instructions of guidelines to be given by way of building or other regulations to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10136/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

124 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he has satisfied himself that adequate regard is had by way of building regulations or other measures to the need to eliminate radon gas from buildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10332/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 124 together.

I introduced building regulations and related technical guidance in 1997 requiring all new houses commencing on or after 1 July 1998 to incorporate radon protection measures.
Technical Guidance Document C – Site Preparation and Resistance to Moisture draws attention to the results of a national survey of radon in houses carried out by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. The institute has published a map incorporating the survey results.