Midlothian homes to be tested for cancer gas

Around 1,000 Midlothian homes are to be tested amid fears they might contain high levels of a radioactive gas that can lead to lung cancer.

Households in Danderhall, Loanhead and Mayfield are to receive letters explaining that free radon-detecting tests worth £50 each will take place.

The Health Protection Agency estimates the county has nearly 1,000 homes with a five per cent or greater risk of exceeding the radon “action level”. Councillor Russell Imrie (Lab) said: “People who live in the affected areas will be very concerned about this, and if it is connected to abandoned mines we’re talking about the whole of Scotland.

“The only way to reassure people is to get a clearer idea of what’s going on.”

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