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Arizona Provides Detailed Radon Information and Has Developed Long-Term Program Goals

by Margaret Henderson

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Radiation Control, Radon Program, through the State Indoor Radon Grant Program, provides a variety of radon activities. The Program continues to assess the radon hazards in Arizona, encourages testing and mitigation, educates the public about radon and performs measurements in public schools and buildings.

In Arizona, approximately one in fifteen homes has elevated radon levels (in excess of the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L). The geology of Arizona, where uranium mining occurred from the 1950s, contributes to the presence of radon. The Program encourages testing, regardless of proximity to uranium mining locations and emphasizes that the only way to know the radon level in a home is to test.

The Department’s website offers an array of information about radon, including details about testing and technical information on mitigation techniques depending on house construction methods. http://www.azdhs.gov/licensing/radiation-regulatory/index.php
A variety of information is provided about selling a home in Arizona, noting that sellers are obligated by law to disclose facts, such as radon test results.

The Radon Program goals are to develop a long-term indoor radon surveillance and mitigation program. Objectives has been defined, some of which are:
• Increasing information provided to the public
• Providing speakers for organization
• Conducting mitigation courses
• Providing assistance to schools for testing and mitigation
• Acquiring laboratory capability for radon analysis for radon in air and water

For more information, contact:
radon@azdhs.gov
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Radiation Control
4814 S. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone: (602) 255-4845
Fax: (602) 437-0705