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Nebraska Uses Data, Publications and Audio Clips to Advise About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, one out of every two radon tests conducted yielded a high result. Fifty-nine per cent of the homes tested had positive results. Nebraska ranks third in the nation for having high radon levels. To assist the public in understanding radon, testing and the importance of mitigation, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon program provides radon data, maps, publications and audio clips.

Nebraska provides a summary of radon test data to encourage testing and mitigation and implementation radon-resistant building codes. Results are show in maps and tables, showing the zones where radon exceeds the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Mapping the highest results by county indicates that much of the state has levels between 21-100 pCi/L. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf

The Radon Program also published Nebraskan’s Guide to Radon
http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonNebraskansGuide.pdf to explain more about testing and the basic facts about radon. The program also provides short audio clips with basic information http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_publications.aspx such as:
How common is radon in Nebraska?
What is the Radon Hotline number?
What is radon?
Why test for radon in winter?
Why test for radon?
How does Nebraska compare?
Why is radon dangerous?

Nebraska law allows individuals to test the home where they reside for radon without a license. Testing any other property requires a license. The department provides lists of licensed mitigation and measurement specialists.

For more information on radon in Nebraska, contact:

DHHS- Radon Program
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Telephone 402-471-1005
Hotline 1-800-334-9491