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Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects for 2016-2017

by Margaret Henderson

Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes; over half of radon tests in the state are above the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. Data reported by county and city shows 73,280 test results with 60% of those being in excess of 4 pCi/L. The highest test result was 282 pi/L. Much of the state has recorded radon levels between 21 and 100 pCi/L, according to the mapping of data through 2013. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf

The Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects encourage more testing and mitigation. The program supports this mission by awarding grants to non-profit organizations for efforts to increase local awareness about the risks associated with radon exposure and to involve communities risk reduction.

A summary of the radon projects for 2016-2017 is mapped, providing contact information and geographic areas covered. The current map notes 17 organizations are participating throughout the state. See
http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonMinigrantMapForWeb.pdf

For more information see the Nebraska Radon Program Community Activities page http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_activities.aspx .