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State Indoor Radon Program

Project Overview

The Radon Program was sponsored by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV. SCIES completed a three phase, three year project which included a survey of radon levels in homes in all SC counties. Seminars and exhibits were held throughout the state to increase public awareness of Radon. Another facet of the program was to improve indoor environments through outreach programs designed for professionals involved with all aspects of construction and maintenance from conception to design, construction, sales and operation.

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that, when allowed to accumulate inside buildings, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer. In 1989, the US EPA through Congressional action, established the State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) program in response to a discovery of elevated indoor radon levels in 1985.

Major thrusts of this program was to assess indoor radon levels, increase public awareness of radon, and in turn, reduce the health risks associated with indoor radon.

Project Participants

South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV

The highest potential for elevated radon levels.
A moderate potential for elevated radon levels.
A potential for elevated radon levels, but less on average than Zone 1 or Zone 2.


For more information contact:

Robert Leitner, SCIES Director
rleitne@clemson.edu


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