But, when NBC offered to pay for the testing, the schools declined. EPA and other government officials also declined to talk on camera about this issue.
However, the EPA did release a statement to NBC News which included the following: “Radon is a significant and preventable public health risk, and testing for radon and reducing high levels are important steps everyone should take to protect the health of their family. Along with leading joint federal efforts to reduce radon exposure, EPA will continue to work with states on testing for radon, addressing high levels in homes and schools, and building radon-resistant homes and schools.”
Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to advocate for the testing for radon in schools. While it may create a temporary financial burden to fix any classrooms that have an issue, it will make the schools safer for everyone who enters them.
WSOCTV.com. Web. 29 February 2012. “Facts about radon.” http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/facts-about-radon/nJQfM
Epa.gov. Web. 29 February 2012. “Radon in schools.” http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/schoolrn.html
Today.MSNBC.com. Web. 29 February 2012. “Statements from EPA, Congress about Radon Reports.”
Reviewed March 1, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith