Radon tests being conducted around campus

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.

Image cour­tesy of Felic­ity Bosk — The Stinger
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