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Alaska Offers Specific Guidance about Radon Issues

by Margaret Henderson

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services provides radon information and assistance through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Extension Service.

As determined through testing projects over a 24-year period, conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbank (supported by the USEPA), 3200 test results have been collected and 21% exceeded the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L.
http://epibulletins.dhss.alaska.gov/Document/Display?DocumentId=16

The radon program activities provide outreach and education to assist residents in learning about radon, testing and mitigation. Educational opportunities include a DVD that maybe ordered on-line and a publication on radon that may be downloaded.

A Radon Overview DVD, authored by Art Nash, offers information and guidance on how to manage radon if testing indicates excessive levels, by explaining how to test for and mitigate radon. It also addresses building a new home and preventing radon problems with proper constructino techniques.

A written publication, Understanding, Testing and Mitigation for Radon,
http://www.uaf.edu/files/ces/publications-db/catalog/eeh/RAD-00760.pdf
was authored by Art Nash, Extension Energy Specialist, and Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, Extension Faculty, Health, Home and Family Development, and is also available on-line. The publication discusses how to use a radon test kit, difference between short-term and long-term testing, understanding the test results, and appropriate actions to take.

Specific information is given about the foundations generally used in Alaska (basement, slab-on-grade and crawl space or a combination thereof). Effective radon reduction systems are discussed and fan and vent installation recommendations for Alaska are given.

For more information about radon in Alaska, contact:
http://www.uaf.edu/ces
Telephone 1-877-520-5211