NJ Radon Testing
In a Memorandum dated February 9, 2009
The members of the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute (Institute) are pleased to submit to you their recommendation for a Maximum Contaminant Level for radon in drinking water.
Radon is a carcinogen known to occur in New Jersey drinking water supplies at often high levels, with resulting high health risks. The Institute reviewed health effects, analytical methods and New Jersey certified laboratory testing capabilities, and treatment capabilities and costs for radon in drinking water. As radon is unique among drinking water contaminants in that 89% of the risk from radon in drinking water comes from breathing radon in air that volatilizes out of water, a special Radon Subcommittee was charged with this review, including assessment of how to deal with these air exposures.
Report on Radon
The statutory health-based goal for establishing a drinking water standard for carcinogens in New Jersey is a one in one million excess cancer risk over a lifetime exposure. The Institute determined that meeting this target was not appropriate, but implementation of a MCL of 800 pCi/L (lifetime risk of 5 in 10,000) for community and non-transient non-community water systems will protect the public from unacceptably high concentrations of radon in drinking water. The Institute also recommends NJDEP work with the Legislature to enact mandatory testing in indoor air for schools and for homes during real estate transactions, and to consider other mandatory policies to further reduce public health risks posed by
radon in indoor air. for the complete report visit Report here
Testing for radon gas in NJ is a must with the high levels of radon and uranium found throughout the state. Here is a video and transcription to help you to better understand the necessity of having a radon test done.
What is radon gas radon gas?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced in the ground through the normal decay of uranium and radium. Although some scientist dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon exposure, all major health organizations including the CDC Center for Disease Control, the ALA American lung association and the AMA American Medical Association agree with estimates that radon caused thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.
High levels have been found in every state and millions of homes have elevated radon levels
Radon can be a problem in all types of homes whether it be in old homes, new homes, drafty homes even homes without basements.
This is the actual surgeon general health advisory. Indoor radon gas is a national problem. Radon causes thousands of deaths each year. Homes should be tested for radon. When elevated levels of radon are confirmed, the problem should be corrected.
How does Radon get into your home? It moves through the small spaces in which the soil and rock on which the house is built and it can seep into the home through floor drains, sump pumps, cracks in the foundation, and the basement floor, also up through the hollow core block foundation walls.
How do I have my house evaluated? Testing is the only way. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon in your home. Experts can easily evaluate radon levels in your home and advise you on how to correct the problem if indeed the levels in your house are deemed dangerous.
Your first step is an easy one, have your home tested as soon as possible it could quite easily be the call that saves the lives of you and your family.
The EPA put out a citizens guide to Radon in it is useful information on radon the effects and testing procedures. In NJ or PA you can have a friendly licensed professional technician come out and test for radon and provide a free estimate on radon mitigation.
If you would like a Radon Test done please call us 800-447-2366