EPA ranks indoor radon among the most serious environmental
health problems facing its citizens today. After smoking,
it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United
States, causing an estimated fourteen thousand (14,000)
lung cancer related deaths per year.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that migrates into buildings
from the surrounding soil. In some cases, well water may
be source of radon. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles
that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As
these particles break down, they release small bursts of
energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer
over the course of your lifetime. An individual's risk of
getting lung cancer from radon depends mostly on three (3)
factors: the level of radon, the duration of exposure, and
their smoking habits, including second hand smoke.
EPA recommends that all schools nationwide be tested for
radon. Some states have tested all their
public schools. High levels have been found in a number
of schools across the country. Therefore, it is important
that students, teachers, and parents be aware that a potential
problem may exist in their school.
A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates
that nearly one (1) in five (5) has at least one (1) schoolroom
with a short-term radon level above the action level of
4pCi/L (picocuries per liter) - the level at which EPA recommends
that schools take action to reduce the level. EPA estimates
that more than seventy thousand (70,000) schoolrooms in
use today have high short-term radon levels.
You can't see, taste, or smell radon. In fact, the only
way to discover if high levels of radon are present is through
testing. Having schools tested for radon is something that
should be done on an on-going basis. Because as real as
the threat of radon is, the good news is that the problem
can be solved.
ETC provides Radon Services which include:
• A property evaluation and recommendations for a
testing approach designed to ensure reliable results.
• Discreet initial and follow-up testing performed
by certified radon measurement technicians.
• All testing, instrumentation, records and reports
conducted in accordance with EPA RMP program.