More Than Half of Homes in Box Elder, Morgan Counties Have Radon Levels That Are Too High
Jan Poulsen, a nonsmoker, tells her story of surviving stage 3A cancer caused by exposure to high levels of radon in her home.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas caused by the decomposition of uranium-bearing granite in our soil. It becomes dangerous when it is trapped in our airtight homes. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and responsible for 15,000 to 22,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
It is estimated that one in three homes in Utah has elevated levels of radon.
2020 State Radon Poster Contest Winners
Learn About Radon
Created with the money he won from the poster contest in 2017, Kyler, at age 9, created this coloring book for other kids to learn about the dangers of radon.
In the News
- 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Lung Cancer (02/05/18)– US News and World Report
- May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor: Test Your Home for Radon Today(11/11/17)—DEQ Blog
Indoor Radon Program
The primary goal of the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control’s (DWMRC) Indoor Radon Program is to reduce the level of indoor radon in the state of Utah to concentrations less than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 4 pCi/L (pico-Curies per liter).
The Radon program is partially funded by the State Indoor Radon Grant from the EPA. The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control, in addition to responding to telephone inquiries from the public, provides education through public outreach, conducts ”target area” indoor radon surveys, and individualized assistance to homeowners and public agencies concerning all aspects of the indoor radon hazard problem.
The Indoor Radon Program focuses its efforts in the following five areas:
- Radon Resistant Construction
- Real Estate Disclosure and Testing
- Local Government Coalitions
- Public School Testing
- Radon Awareness (Testing and Mitigation)
Disclaimer Regarding Mitigators
The DWMRC does not accredit, certify, recommend or endorse listed individuals or companies, nor are we responsible for work done or liability incurred by you. Listed contractors are certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program or the National Radon Safety Board.