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Kansas Studies Reasons People Do Not Mitigate Their Homes for Excessive Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The majority of Kansas Counties have the potential for indoor radon concentrations to be in excess of 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) studied why people do not mitigate for radon and what barriers might be removed in order to improve mitigation rates and thereby result in greater protection of the public.

Surveying 2564 homes that had elevated radon (greater than 4 pCi/L) and no record of mitigation thereafter, the KDHE identified some key findings:

· Survey responses came from 71 people, either through the internet or by telephone call.

· Mitigation systems had been installed in 29 of the 71 homes.

· Cost was a barrier identified as preventing mitigation.

KDHE acknowledged the low response rate to their survey does require caution in interpreting the results. However, cost was identified as a consideration even though some people had not obtained estimates for the work. Those who had mitigated were generally pleased with the results.

Suggestions from KDHE are that free estimates for radon mitigation might encourage persons to consider mitigation and that getting good information about the benefits to mitigation are important.

For more information about radon in Kansas, contact:

Mark Ungerer

Jason Meinholdt

KDHE: 785-296-1560


General Radon Questions

Brian Hanson

Kansas State University

KSU: 785-532-4996


Kansas Radon Program Newsletter, January 2019