Radon testing in schools in New York State: a 20-year summary.

Research paper by Michael M Kitto

Indexed on: 15 Aug '14Published on: 15 Aug '14Published in: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity


For nearly 20 years the Department of Health has conducted programs to assist in the measurement and reduction of indoor radon concentrations in 186 schools located primarily in Zone 1 areas of New York State. Although many schools had few or no rooms containing radon above 148 Bq/m(3), some rooms had >740 Bq/m(3) and remediation techniques were utilized to reduce exposure. Short-term radon measurements in the schools showed little correlation to basement and first-floor radon results from single-family homes in the towns.