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Delaware Presents Radon Rights, Risks and Remedies

by Margaret Henderson

Home buyers in Delaware have the right to know about prior radon testing and test results if their home has been tested. This information is provided through a disclosure form. To provide homeowners with information on their rights, risks and remedies with respect to radon levels in the home, the Division of Public Health has created a helpful publication.

RADON Rights, Risks and Remedy for the Home Buyer https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/files/radpub.pdf was created by the Division of Public Health in conjunction with the Delaware Real Estate Commission in order to comply with Chapter 25, Title 6, Delaware Code §2572A - Radon Testing and Disclosure. To further guide the buyer about potential radon exposures (although testing is needed to confirm any results), the percentage of homes in excess of the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L is given on the map created by Delaware Health Statistics Center at https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/files/hhinsideradonzip.pdf.

Approximately one out of every 12 homes in Delaware has a radon level of 4 pCi/L or greater. The distribution of radon throughout the state varies from being more likely to exceed levels in the northern half of the state and lower in the southern half of the state.

The brochure explains what radon is, the health effects of radon, and acceptable levels of radon. It also provides a discussion of testing and mitigation. It explains that any home anywhere may have elevated radon levels and that testing is needed to determine radon levels. The types of mitigation are also delineated.

For more information, contact:

Delaware Division of Public Health

Health Systems Protection, Radon Program

417 Federal Street

Dover, DE 19901

Telephone (302) 744-4546