Public Service Projects

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:

Radon hot line Town radon surveys
Radon education County radon assessment

Radon hot line

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.

Radon education

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.

Town radon surveys:

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:
in Minnesota;
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, 
in Wisconsin;
Chippewa Falls, Ladysmith, Maple-Poplar; and
in Michigan;
Ahmeek, Eagle River, Hancock, Houghton, Calumet, Dollar Bay, Lake Linden, Laurium, Mohawk.

County radon assessment

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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