ERIC Number: ED315876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Radon Measurements in Schools: An Interim Report.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Radiation Programs.
Radon-222 is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, rocks, underground water, and air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other scientific organizations have identified an increased risk of lung cancer associated with exposure to elevated levels of radon in homes. Schools in many states have also been tested for radon, and rooms with elevated concentrations have been found. EPA has developed this interim report for measuring radon in schools. The first sections of this document contain facts about radon and the health risks associated with radon exposure. The next sections summarize what is known about radon in school, and provide guidance for conducting radon measurements. The last sections describe how to interpret the measurement results and suggest techniques that can be used to reduce radon concentrations if elevated levels are found. An appendix suggests methods for placing two types of radon measurement devices so that results obtained from room to room and from school to school can be compared. State Radiation Control offices and EPA Regional Radiation offices are listed. (MLF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Radiation Programs.