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New Jersey Provides Radon Information Regarding Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Program provides information about testing for radon in real estate transactions. Estimates are that 75-80% of the radon tests done in New Jersey each year are done as part of a real estate transaction according to the database of testing information maintained by the Radon Program. The New Jersey Radon Potential Map states that radon levels in excess of the USEPA’s recommended action level of 4 pCi/L have been found in all risk zones in the state. The Program notes that even though the average test result for one community in Ocean County was very low ( 0.98 pCi/L) some test results have been as high as 23.7 pCi/L.

The Radon Program encourages real estate professionals to have an understanding about radon so that they can provide clients with correct information about radon and about testers and mitigators. The Program also offers to answer questions for clients by contacting 1-800-648-0394, or http://www.njradon.org. To further assist realtors, the Radon Program offers a speaker, slideshow or video presentation.

An important requirement for real estate professionals the Radon Program advises is that the seller is required by law to provide the buyer, at the time the contract of sale is entered into, with a copy of the results of the radon test and evidence of any mitigation or treatment. The Program cautions realtors not to personally become involved in the testing process and not to suggest opening windows to reduce radon concentrations.

Risk information is provided by the Radon Program, along with information about mitigation successes. Mitigations are estimated to reduce radon levels by nearly 90% in the approximately 2400 homes that have radon mitigated each year in New Jersey.

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