Title: Radon (Rn) and Schools (IAQ Guide: Appendix G)
Sub-Title: Indoor Air Quality Coordinator's Guide
Date of publication: Jan. 02, 2001
URL: www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/tfs/guideg.html
Authors: EPA Indoor Environments Division
Bibliographic info: appendix g of the IAQ on-line information kit
Publisher: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Abstract: The EPA and other major national and international scientific organizations have concluded that radon is a human carcinogen and a serious public health problem.As a result, EPA recommends that school buildings as well as homes be tested for radon. A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that 19.3% of U.S. schools, nearly one in five, have at least one frequently occupied ground-contact room with short-term radon levels at or above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) the level at which EPA recommends mitigation.To reduce the health risk associated with radon, EPA recommends that officials test every school for elevated radon levels.This appendix provides further information about radon testing procedures and costs, and refers the user to other relevant EPA documents such as formation on local radon offices in the US.
Additional Notes: If you identify a radon problem in your school, EPA has developed guidance on radon mitigation entitled Reducing Radon in Schools A Team Approach (EPA 402-R-94-008) that describes the recommended approach to radon mitigation in schools and provides an overview of the mitigation process to the IAQ Coordinator. For a free copy, please call 1-800-490-9198 or contact your State Radon Office.
Keywords: schools, Tools for Schools Kit, Indoor Air Quality,radon,EPA,Environmnetal Protection Agency, ventilation, pollution, buildings, students, teachers,mitigation, children,home, indoor pollutants, childhood disease, missed school, young children,
Record Last Revised: Record #62, revised 1/10/2001

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