It’s ‘Radon Action Month’ in Iowa (for very good reason)


Julia Poska | January 17, 2019 This week, Gov. Kim Reynolds designated January as “Radon Action Month” for the state of Iowa. Various areas across the country share that designation. Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health encourage people to test their homes for radon and take steps towards resolving the issue if a problem is … Continue reading It’s ‘Radon Action Month’ in Iowa (for very good reason)

Experts urge Iowans to test for radon gas in homes


Jenna Ladd | December 29, 2016 As temperatures in Iowa plummet, residents are spending more time indoors, and some experts say there could be associated health risks. Health officials and experts publicly encouraged Iowa residents to have their homes tested for radon this week. Anthony Salcedo, service manager at Thrasher Basement Systems in Omaha and Council … Continue reading Experts urge Iowans to test for radon gas in homes

Experts discuss radon testing in Iowa’s schools


Iowa Public Radio spoke with Senator Matt McCoy, a radon–induced lung cancer survivor and a member of the Iowa Association of School Boards about radon testing in Iowa Schools. As detailed in our radio segment, a bill was proposed in Iowa that would require schools to test for radon ever two years. If the schools … Continue reading Experts discuss radon testing in Iowa’s schools

On the Radio: Legislators propose radon testing in Iowa’s schools


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a proposed bill that would address radon contamination in Iowa’s schools. Iowa legislators want to reduce the radon risk in our state’s schools. This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Iowa senator proposes radon testing in schools


Iowa state senator Matt McCoy has introduced a bill requiring radon testing in Iowa’s schools. If the schools twice test at above 4 picocuries per liter, they would be required to install radon remediation systems. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and Iowa homes contain the highest levels of radon in the … Continue reading Iowa senator proposes radon testing in schools

Map: Iowa counties’ average indoor radon levels


I’ve put together a map that shows the average indoor radon level of every county in Iowa. Click on the image above to access the map. The green color on the map indicates that the county has an average indoor radon level of 3-4 (pCi/L) – a safe level. All the other colors indicate unsafe … Continue reading Map: Iowa counties’ average indoor radon levels

Radon testing not mandated in Iowa schools


An article from The Gazette examines why there are no guidelines or mandates for radon testing in Iowa’s schools. Radon is a major problem in Iowa where levels of the gas far exceed the national average. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, leading to the death of 21,000 each year, including 400 … Continue reading Radon testing not mandated in Iowa schools

EPA may reduce funding towards radon abatement


The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to cut funding towards reducing our nation’s radon risk. Under the proposed budget, the EPA would cut about $2 million from its radon program and eliminate all state grants. Radon is a major issue in our state, as Iowa has the highest concentration of radon in the nation. Radon … Continue reading EPA may reduce funding towards radon abatement