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Kansas Governor’s Proclamation Starts National Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

National Radon Action Month in Kansan began with a proclamation from the governor and an accompanying news release. https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/01.02.2018%20January%20is%20Radon%20Action%20Month.pdf

The news release notes that “The Kansas Radon Program is currently involved in partnerships with Kansas State University, the Kansas Cancer Partnership, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Environmental Public Health Tracking program to educate Kansas citizens about the dangerous health effects from radon and how to protect themselves.”

Data from 2014 summarizes the test results and exposure potentials in Kansas:

  • Average Radon Level = 5.1 pCi/L
  • Maximum Reported Radon Level = 1,121.6
  • Total Number of Measurements = 73,959
  • Total Measurements 4 pCi/L or greater = 31,539
  • Total Measurements 20 pCi/L or greater = 1,957

Much of the state is in Zone 1, with radon levels anticipated to be greater than 4 pC/L, the USEPA recommended action level.

The Radon Program is promoting Radon Action Month through media public service announcements (through March 15, 2018). Program personnel are making themselves available for public education programs upon request throughout the winter.

For more information, contact:
Kansas Radon Program
Engineering Extension
2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66502
Telephone 785-532-6026