Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mandatory Testing and Mitigation

July 29, 2008

I found the following link this morning. Pennyslvania County Virginia is considering mandatory mitigation systems in new construction. As I come across other links regarding mandatory measurement and mitigation, I will update this section.


July 31, 2008

Editorial supporting Pennsylvania Board action on mandatory radon mitigation systems in new homes.


August 4, 2008

ABC13 update about meeting and realtor comments.

August 5, 2008
The County Board discussed the issue but tabled the motion to require mitigation systems in new construction.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Radon and Granite Counter Tops

July 27, 2008

There was a lot of activity this week both on line and in the press about radon and granite counter tops. It seems that some granite counter tops may contain enough uranium to elevate radon levels in a home.

As always, my suggestion would be to test your house for elevated radon levels. Having been in the mitigation business for twenty years, I have learned that you cannot make assumptions about radon. Having granite counter tops doesn't mean that your house does or doesn't have elevated radon. Not having granite counter tops doesn't mean that your house does or doesn't elevated radon. Do you get the picture? The only way to know if you do or don't have elevated radon levels is to conduct a radon test.

If you have granite counter tops and are conducting a test, my suggestion would be to place a test in the room where the counter tops are located, another test in a room on the same level of the house without granite counter tops, and a test in the lowest livable area of the house. This way, you can compare the radon levels in the room with the granite with the rooms that don't have granite.

If you don't have granite counter tops, you would want to test in accordance with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency recommendations for home testing. http://radon.illinois.gov/iema/radon/pdf/guidelinesforhomemeas.pdf

In Illinois, radon test kits are available on line at http://radon.illinois.gov/ or http://www.radon.com/sub/il/. If you are not in Illinois, test kits are generally available at home improvement stores or can be purchased on line.

I have assembled the following list of internet posts that appeared this week regarding granite counter tops and radon. As additional posts appear, I will update the list.

NY Times article 072408

Consumer Reports Blog 072508

CBS News 072508

CBS Morning Show 072508

AP Newswire – EPA Statement 072508

EPA Update 072508

Houston Chronicle 072508