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Georgia’s 3rd Quarter Radon Outreach

by Margaret Henderson

Radon outreach through the Georgia Radon Education Program for July through September 2017 reported statistics and narratives on the program’s work. The Georgia Radon Education Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension.

Some highlights of the outreach accomplishments from the period:

  • Kits distributed through the period netted 212 results received, with 30% exceeding the recommended USEPA action level of 4pCi/L and the highest level being 13.9 pCi/L.
  • Media interactions with six newspapers equaled a circulation of 250,000.
  • The Program provided education programs for residents of Walton and Pickens Counties, in response to requests by the county extension agents. The attendees were informed about testing, re-testing, mitigation, radon in water and health effects of radon.
  • A booth on radon awareness was provided for the Athens First Health Fair, providing brochures and information on the National Radon Poster Contest for the many children who attended the health fair with their families.
  • As requested, the Program visited students at Barrow County Elementary to provide an instructional program as many of them were planning on competing in the poster contest. Other topics discussed included granite countertops and their impact on indoor radon, costs of mitigation, and prevention methods to keep radon out.

For more information, contact:
Gabrielle Dean, Extension Educator
Telephone: 706-583-0602
gab589@uga.edu