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 INDOOR RADON OUTREACH PROGRAM

Radon is an odorless, colorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas resulting from the radioactive decay of uranium, which exists in most soils. Radon enters homes and buildings from the soil under the slab, in the crawlspace, basement, etc. Radon can also be found in some water supplies entering the home or building. Because radon is radioactive, it’s breakdown to other products releases alpha, beta, and gamma radiations which can be physically damaging. When radon, and especially these decay products, are inhaled, the lungs can potentially be seriously damaged by this radiation.  Studies have determined that as a result of this damage, radon is the overall second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is also believed to be the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Individuals are exposed to elevated radon primarily in indoor environments, homes, offices, schools, daycares, etc. Any home or building, old or new, can have a radon problem. The only way to determine if a home or building has elevated indoor radon is to test. Fortunately, testing can be easy and relatively inexpensive. Low cost short and long-term test kits are available from the National Safety Council (See link at bottom of this page).

Health organizations worldwide have determined that there is “No safe level of indoor radon.” The EPA recommends that owners of homes or buildings with an annual indoor radon average of 4.0 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) should consider fixing or “mitigating” them. If a home or building has been found to be high in radon, various mechanical means can be used to correct this problem and prevent radon from entering into the indoor spaces. It is also very easy and cost effective to build new homes such that they are radon resistant.

The Indoor Radon Outreach Program was formed by the Department to provide public education about the health risk of radon gas, and disseminates information on methods for fixing (mitigating) radon problems.  The Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Program also prepares public service announcements, and seasonally distributes (late fall and early winter), on a first-come-first-served basis, free radon testing kits to the public.  The Program works with other state, federal and local agencies to provide outreach to communities and the public through public meetings, workshops, health fairs and presentations.

NEHA Residential Measurement Providers Servicing New Mexico:

http://www.radongas.org/measurement_template/NM.shtml

NEHA Residential Analytical Laboratory Providers Servicing New Mexico :

http://www.radongas.org/labs.shtml

NEHA Residential Mitigation Providers Servicing New Mexico :

http://www.radongas.org/mitigation_template/NM.shtml

NRSB Certified Radon Service Providers:

http://nrsb.org/find_a_professional.asp

For information on service providers or services not currently listed contact Michael A. Taylor.

For questions on this program please contact:

Michael Taylor, Program Coordinator
Indoor Radon Outreach Program
(505) 660-5690 cell or (505)476-8608
(505) 476-8654 fax

michael.taylor@state.nm.us

Mailing Address

New Street Address starting March 1, 2013.

Radiation Control Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87502-5469

Radiation Control Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department
Montoya Building,
1100 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505  

 

Web Links:

EPA Radon Home Page
National Radon Safety Board
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
National Safety Council Radon Web Page

 

For information regarding this page, contact Carl Sullivan of the Bureau at carl.sullivan@state.nm.us.

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