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North Carolina Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

Dr. Sarah Kirby, Professor and Department Extension Leader, Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University, issued a press release announcing National Radon Action Month with reference to where more information about radon, and radon testing and mitigation can be found. Dr. Kirby refers North Carolina residents to the North Carolina Radon Program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Radiation Protection Section of the department operates the Radon Program, using funds granted by the USEPA State Indoor Radon Grant. The Program provides public information and technical advice.

The Program hosts a mapping application that shows radon concentrations in each county using color-codin, noting which samples have test results greater than 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. Much of the state has had sample results exceeding that level. http://www.ncradon.org/ncradon/#

Because any home in North Carolina may have elevated radon levels, the Program recommends testing all homes. Information about schools and residential test results are given. The website gives quick answers on such topics as:
• What is Radon
• Home Builder Resources
• Financial Assistance for Mitigation
• How Do I Test My Home

For more information about radon in North Carolina, contact:

NC Radiation Protection Section (RPS)
1645 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1645
Phone: 919-814-2250
Website: http://www.ncradon.org