Alaskan Residents Receive Radon Testing and Mitigation Education Through Workshops
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is present in Alaska, particularly in interior Alaska uplands and parts of the Matanuska and Susitna valleys. The Environmental Protection Agency says that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Awareness of radon, radon testing, and mitigation are important health issues to Alaskans. University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service agents offered more than 20 workshops in seven communities that addressed radon prevention, testing and mitigation, and kits were made available statewide for radon testing. Nearly 400 individuals received healthy homes or radon testing and mitigation education through workshops. Extension agents distributed or sold 383 long-term radon detection kits to people. Forty-six homeowners who completed the testing learned their homes had radon levels above EPA’s recommended action level. The radon coordinator responded to 115 questions about radon over the radon hotline. As a result of a training offered by the radon expert and Alaska’s radon coordinator, Alaska school districts have tested 15 schools for radon. One classroom had a radon level at which mitigation was recommended.
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