Radon levels and doses in dwellings in two villages in Kosovo, affected by depleted uranium

Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2014;158(3):331-9. doi: 10.1093/rpd/nct231. Epub 2013 Sep 19.

Abstract

The radon ((222)Rn) activity concentration in 15 dwellings in the Planej village and 10 dwellings in the Gorozhup village has been measured with the aim to complement the national radon survey and to compare the results of two different measurement techniques. The radon concentration has been measured in winter and spring using alpha scintillation cells and in winter, spring and summer by exposing solid-state nuclear track detectors. Both methods gave similar results. Radon concentrations in both villages were similar, ranging from 82 to 432 Bq m(-3); the value of 400 Bq m(-3) was exceeded only in two dwellings. The resulting annual effective doses ranged from 1.78 to 6.40 mSv, with the average values of 3.28 mSv in the Planej village and 3.87 mSv in the Gorozhup village.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis
  • Geography
  • Housing
  • Kosovo
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Monitoring / methods*
  • Radon / analysis*
  • Seasons
  • Uranium / analysis*

Substances

  • Air Pollutants, Radioactive
  • Uranium
  • Radon