UI researchers find health risk from residential radon exposure higher than previously estimated
According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Furthermore, the U.S. Congress’ long-term goal for radon is to have the indoor radon levels be no higher than levels outside. A survey conducted by EPA during Winter 1988/1989 concluded that 15% of the homes in North Georgia revealed concentrations of radon greater than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Less than 10% of the homes tested in the rest of the state had measurements greater than 4 pCi/L.
P2AD serves as the lead state agency for radon. The Division assumed the responsibility from the Department of Human Resources under the written approval of the Governor. The mission of the Division’s radon program is to inform the public about the potential health risks associated with radon, to increase awareness about and encourage testing for radon, and to support local government efforts to address radon issues in their communities.
P2AD will work closely with all agencies and organizations that are either involved or interested in providing radon programs. Under contract with P2AD, Southface is responsible for providing technical assistance and outreach to the general public, educators, the building community, real estate agents, radon testing or mitigation professionals, and local governments. For more information about radon, contact Southface at (404) 872-3549 (Metro Atlanta) or (800) 745-0037 (statewide).
For a list of contractors who can do radon testing or install radon mitigation measures, visit the Radon Proficiency Program site, sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association (www.Radongas.org)
Radon Information from P2AD’s Guide to Best Management Practices for Household Hazardous Waste and Radon – this file is in Adobe Acrobat *.pdf format.