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Nebraska Offers Radon Mitigation Guidance

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, 59% of the test results indicated high radon levels (above 4 pCi/L). Homes with these levels should be reduced through mitigation based on the USEPA guidelines. Of 73,280 homes tested, the average result was 6 pCi/L.

Because Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes with more than half of radon tests in the state are above the action level of 4.0 pCi/L, the importance of mitigation is emphasized by the the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. To explain about mitigation systems and radon resistant new construction, the program provides detailed discussion.

The Radon Program provides text and photographs to show the public the basic components of a radon mitigation system. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_mitigating.aspx. The information provides a discussion of the components of a system and indications that it has been properly installed. As of February 2017, there are 52 licensed radon mitigation businesses serving Nebraska who can install such systems.

For new home construction, the Radon Program provides a discussion on Building A New Home To Minimize Radon and Moisture Vapor Entry. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_ventsystems.aspx The text and photographs describe the components of A Passive, Soil Gas Ventilation System (SGVS).

For more information about radon in Nebraska, contact:

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