Radon tests being conducted around campus

Felicity Bosk -- The Stinger
If you have seen the strange looking wires hanging out of the walls in campus building basements, you have seen the mechanism used to test for the element Radon.

Radon is colorless, orderless, textureless noble gas that is known for its radioactivity.

Environmental Health & Safety Program Director Carol Lindberg is heading the project. She received the funding from a grant. She also added that this test is not required and is not being done because anyone sees a problem or expects to find anything.

Lindberg explained that there is usually some amount of radon, but that there is an acceptable limit before it becomes dangerous.

“We did a test on three buildings in ’05 and came back less than detectable,” she said. “Its just a good idea to test for this.”

If Radon was found, they would do a more intensive long-term test to find out where exactly the problem is. Then they would fix the problems by filling in any cracks in the walls and ceilings or adding vents.

The samples they are collecting now take 48 hours, and then will take three week for the results to come back.

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