The article about Radon Mitigation for the Sunshine Courts in the February 1, 2018 newspaper was well timed and informative in light of educating the public about radon. I currently serve on the Radon Resistant New Construction Task Force appointed by the Governor to evaluate potential mitigation strategies regarding radon gas in new construction. Our Task Force includes Nebraska builders, health agencies, testing professionals, architect and an engineer. I would like to add that for the general public radon testing in their homes can be simply performed. As noted in the Ad liner of the Banner test kits can be obtained at the Butler County Extension Office for free. Also they can be purchased for a very small cost at hardware stores typically. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website also provides information how to order a test kit. The public also has the option of hiring Nebraska licensed testing services of which there are several different companies in the state of Nebraska. Testing and learning about radon is critical to understanding the impacts for health and safety.
If a location is found to be over the EPA threshold of 4 picoCurie per Liter concentration various mitigation options can be employed if desired. Some of these actions can be entirely passive depending upon concentration levels. Some passive systems can be as simple as installing a special designed gasketed seal sump cover, vent pipe or other combinations thereof. Active mitigation systems such as ventilation fans may be required. The most important thing first is to get your home tested, and learn about your homes concentration levels. Typically higher concentration levels can be seen in the spring and fall when the ground is going through warming phases, and then the cool nights create a temperature inversion that serves to trap the radon gas at ground level. Again the most important thing you can do is to first get your home tested and understand your radon levels. Health officials are educated on this matter and should be able to help you understand health impacts. Lastly if mitigation is desired the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has a website dedicated to Radon for further information about test kits, and Nebraska licensed measurement businesses. In their website for Radon they also provide a list of Nebraska Licensed Radon Mitigation Businesses identified by name and the city that they operate from along with contact information. The DHHS website address is https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__dhhs.ne.gov_publichealth_Pages_radon-5Findex.aspx&d=DwIFaQ&c=UCja3IwhyjPGYeHcG7oIbg&r=TgPHAEmPrIGLR9VNunliUf51o3M5X1rmSGHlwAhM4_w&m=1ErXYqjqyoD9n_0vmiN796z9eooOgLFjiRFrUbFA-_U&s=4DV-W8bFh-dsYdtgTfIparFPvG0BLe49tOADqKZq62o&e=
Jan Bostelman, P.E.
Chemical, Nuclear and Metallurgical Engineer ph. 402-545-3871