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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(12), 1234; doi:10.3390/ijerph13121234

Association of School District Policies for Radon Testing and Radon-Resistant New Construction Practices with Indoor Radon Zones

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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
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Academic Editor: Martin Röösli
Received: 27 October 2016 / Revised: 5 December 2016 / Accepted: 7 December 2016 / Published: 13 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
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Abstract

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas. Without testing, its presence is unknown. Using nationally representative data from the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study, we examined whether the prevalence of school district policies for radon testing and for radon-resistant new construction practices varied by district location in relation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Map of Radon Zones. Among school districts located in counties with high predicted average indoor radon, 42.4% had policies for radon testing and 37.5% had policies for radon-resistant new construction practices. These findings suggest a critical need for improved awareness among policy makers regarding potential radon exposure for both students and school staff. View Full-Text
Keywords: radon; schools; school district; testing; radon-resistant new construction; policy radon; schools; school district; testing; radon-resistant new construction; policy
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Foster, S.; Everett Jones, S. Association of School District Policies for Radon Testing and Radon-Resistant New Construction Practices with Indoor Radon Zones. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1234.

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