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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(10), 2149; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102149

Radon in Schools: A Brief Review of State Laws and Regulations in the United States

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Department of Public Health, 390 HPER Building, 1914 Andy Holt Avenue, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Medicine, The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
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The Vowell Law Firm, 6718 Albunda Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919, USA
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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 761 Emory Valley Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, USA
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Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 30 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
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Abstract

Exposure to Radon, a colorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas, is one of leading causes of lung cancer, and may pose a significant long-term risk for school age children. We examined the regulations and statutes in each US state related to radon in schools to delineate key features of policies and discrepancies among states that may have public health implications. Search terms such as “radon”, “school”, “mitigation”, “certification”, “licensing”, and “radon resistant new construction” were used to scan current statutes from each state legislature’s website and regulations from official state government websites for relevant regulatory and statutory requirements concerning radon in schools. State regulations related to the testing, mitigation, and public dissemination of radon levels in schools are inconsistent and the lack of nationwide indoor radon policy for schools may result in unacceptably high radon exposure levels in some US schools. We highlight the features and discrepancies of state laws and regulations concerning radon in schools, and offer several constructive means to reduce risks associated with radon exposure in school children. View Full-Text
Keywords: radon exposure; environmental health of schools; state policy radon exposure; environmental health of schools; state policy
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Gordon, K.; Terry, P.D.; Liu, X.; Harris, T.; Vowell, D.; Yard, B.; Chen, J. Radon in Schools: A Brief Review of State Laws and Regulations in the United States. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2149.

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