The Minnesota radon project is devoted to helping people with high radon homes reduce their radon-related risk. To that end we conduct (or have conducted) the following activities:
Information and advice is available during normal working hours at 1-800-820-3209. If
you would like individual assistance or help for your group or town, call or e-mail me.
A presentation on radon tailored to the audience is available for the asking. Presentations have been given in the past to town councils, medical groups, water quality workshops, local radon workshops, neighborhood associations, student organizations, and environmental clubs. The media is welcome to call for information.
In past radon surveys, we have found rural towns where the average radon concentration
in the living spaces exceeded 30 pCi/L. Radon awareness and linkage to radon assistance
resources are more fragile in many of these rural areas. The Minnesota Radon Project
searches for homes with high radon concentrations in an effort to help homeowners identify
problem homes and, then, to reduce their radiation exposure. While the primary emphasis is
at the level of individual homeowners, we try to establish links to local groups or
governments to help pool resources and efforts, especially for mitigation. As an example
of this activity see our 1995-96 activities Brochure. Since
1983 we have surveyed over 500 homes in the towns listed below: In each town, year-long
alpha track detectors were placed in the living spaces of from two to 35 homes. In many
instances soil and water samples were gathered. In about half the homes we measured the
radon in the soil gas, soil permeability, diffusivity, and surface gamma flux. Often we
had the pleasure of working with local officials and interested homeowners in an attempt
to reduce radon exposures. Thanks to those homeowners for access to their homes and
interest in radon. They came from the following towns:
Alexandria, Appleton, Avon, Aitkin, Baudette, Benson, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Cokato, Cold Spring, Collegeville, Crosby, Duluth, East Grand Forks, Fairmont, Grand Rapids, Granite Falls, Hawley, Holdingford, Kensington, Kettle River, Little Falls, Marshall, Mendota Heights, Montevideo, Moose Lake, Mora, Odessa, Ortonville, Oslo, Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pipestone,, Prinsburg, Redwood Falls, Richmond, Rochester, Roseau, Roseville, Sandstone, Sauk Rapids, Sherburn, St. Joesph, St. Peter, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, Starbuck, Sturgeon Lake, Tracy, Upsala, Virginia, Waite Park, Walker,
Chippewa Falls, Ladysmith, Maple-Poplar; and
Ahmeek, Eagle River, Hancock, Houghton, Calumet, Dollar Bay, Lake Linden, Laurium, Mohawk.
We have assisted county health and extension officials with general radon surveys and mapping. We have often had the pleasure of working with local health health officials and educators.
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Last revised 28 June, 2004