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Kansas Radon Data Directs Attention to Areas with Radon Issues

by Margaret Henderson

Kansas radon testing data from the state’s database for 2016 are available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Tracing Network. Using the mapping tool, users can identify areas of interest that may suggest the need for increased testing or mitigation of high levels of radon.

Map, table and chart presentations reveal numbers of test results that exceeded the USEPA 4 pCi/L recommended action level in each county in the state for the 2016 period. Notably high is Johnson County with 2638 of the reported 5662 tests having test results exceeding the action level, with the maximum pre-mitigation level being 59.7 pCi/L.

The data presentation draws attention the radon issues in Johnson County, which have been noted previously using prior data as prepared by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

K State Research and Extension has published a radon information page specific to Johnson County, answering the question: “Is radon a problem in Johnson County? Yes, radon levels in Johnson County test on average at 5.3(pCi/L).” Using data through June of 2014, a map has been prepared of Johnson County Radon Average Values by Zip Code. This map presents 20,973 test results, with total measurements of 9595 being above the 4 pCi/L action level.

See K State Mapping at http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/files/kansasradonprogram/county-map/Ks_Zip_AvgRadon2014_Johnson.jpg

Search 2016 Health Tracking radon data at https://ephtracking.cdc.gov/DataExplorer/index.html?c=31&i=-1&m=-1#/

Citation: Accessed From Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: www.cdc.gov/ephtracking. Accessed on 09/14/2018

Limitations on 2016 Data: The data are from buildings tested and not all buildings in the areas and other data gaps may occur. For instance, on the Tracking Network, test results that are not designated as pre- or post-mitigation by the state are included with pre-mitigation data.

Contacts: Kansas Radon Program Brian Hanson Engineering Extension

Unger Complex 2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 300 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 66506 800-693-5343
fax: 785-532-6952

Kansas Radiation Control Program issues

Mark Ungerer - Administrator

Kansas Radon Program, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Bureau of Community Health Systems

1000 SW Jackson St. Suite 330

Topeka, Kansas 66612