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West Virginia Targets Risk Reduction for 16 Designated Counties

by Margaret Henderson

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the American Lung Association in West Virginia are promoting radon testing, particularly in 16 designated counties: Brooke, Grant, Greenbrier, Hancock, Hardy, Marshall, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Summers and Tucker. Free radon test kits are offered in the outreach effort to residents of those counties. Residents of the listed counties will be able to request a free radon kit by visiting https://www.wvdhhr.org/rtia/pdf/Free%20Radon%20Kits.pdf. The outreach to the designated counties will reach 220,000 households primarily in the eastern and northern regions of the state where elevated radon levels have been found.

The areas of the state targeted are classified as Zone 1 and Zone 2, per the USEPA designation. In Zone 1, radon levels are anticipated to be equal to or greater than 4 pCi/L and in Zone 2, they are predicted to be between 2 and 4 pCi/L. However, the West Virginia Radon Program notes that the potential exists for elevated radon levels anywhere, despite the zone designation and encourages testing every home.

Radon Program
Jason Frame, B.S. R.T. (R)
(304) 356-4303-Voice
800-922-1255 (Radon-Toll free in-state)
Email: Jason.R.Frame@wv.gov

For additional information about the radon test kits, please contact Debbie Seals at (304) 342-6600, extension 261.

American Lung Association
Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA)