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Tennessee Provides Data, Advice and Free Test Kits

by Margaret Henderson

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Radon Program, part of the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices, provides information, assistance and technical information to the public in order to encourage testing and mitigation of radon in excess of the USEPA recommended standard of 4 pCi/L.

Approximately 16% of the homes in Tennessee are expected to have high radon and in some areas, the percentage could be as high as 33 to 75%. To give the public some idea of radon levels in the areas near their homes, the Program provides an Radon Interactive Map.
See https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/environmental/epht/interactive-radon-map.html

This map, based on data from 2009-2014, gives test results and other information by county. For instance, for Marshall County, the following information is provided by clicking on the map:
Radon Test Results by County: Marshall
County: Marshall
Number of tests: 78
Average radon level (pCi/L): 2.4
Median radon level (pCi/L): 1.3
Maximum recorded radon level (pCi/L): 22.6
Minimum recorded radon level (pCi/L): 0.0

The Program encourages testing all homes, but provides the test data as reference material. The Radon Program also encourages addressing radon issues in a “Guide to Healthy Homes,” which gives details about radon. It explains what radon is and how it gets into the home and provides guidance on testing and mitigating radon along with links to the Radon Program.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/program-areas/Healthy_Homes_Guide.pdf

By providing free test kits, the Radon Program further encourages testing homes for radon. An on-line form allows ordering the kit.
https://tdec.tn.gov/Radon_Online/frmRADON_Online.aspx

By providing data, guidance and test kits, the Radon Program works to reduce radon in Tennessee homes.

For more information, contact:
Vaughn Cassidy
Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices
731-512-1343
vaughn.cassidy@tn.gov