On the Radio: Radon a risk in Iowa schools


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the lack of guidelines for radon testing in Iowa schools.

When it comes to radon, it’s time for Iowans to think of our children.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

There are no guidelines or mandates for testing and mitigating radon in Iowa schools. This is despite the high risk of radon contamination in Iowa’s buildings.

Iowa has far more radon than the national average. Because of this, about seventy percent of Iowa homes contain high levels of the toxic gas – a gas that accounts for 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, including 400 in Iowa according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Representatives in Iowa are hoping to pass legislation which will provide funding for schools to test for and mitigate radon. This funding is necessary because testing and mitigation are costly for large buildings.

For more information on radon, and for a link to radon expert Professor William Field’s webpage, go to IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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