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Nebraska Uses Map Series to Inform Public About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services advises that Nebraska has a very high incidence of elevated radon levels in homes. Half of the tests taken have had results greater than the recommended action level of 4 pCi/L.

In order to aid the public in understanding the incidence of elevated radon levels throughout the state, a series of maps have been provided.

The maps show:

· Average radon concentrations by county - showing that a majority of the counties in Nebraska have radon levels exceeding 4 pCi/L;

· Highest radon results by county – showing that seven counties have results more than 100 pCi/L; and

· Number of homes tested by county – showing that three counties have more than 2000 homes tested.

See the radon maps at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Radon-Data.aspx

The Department also provides information on how to get a radon test kit and a list of contractors who are licensed to measure and mitigate radon levels in homes.

For more information, contact:

Office of Environmental Health Hazards & Indoor Air
Division of Public Health/Department of Health & Human Services
Phone Number (402) 471-1005
Toll Free Number (888) 242-1100
Email Address dhhs.healthhazardsindoorair@nebraska.gov