Radon

BIG NEWS: Bill Requiring Iowa Schools to Test For Radon Signed Into Law 

On May 24, 2022, the Gail Orcutt School Radon Safety Bill (Iowa House File 2412), named in memory of EAIS and SRTSS supporter and radon safety advocate Gail Orcutt, was signed into law by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. This important bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Iowa Senate 47-0 and the Iowa House with a 93-2 vote. It requires all Iowa public schools to test for radon every 5 years and to mitigate if elevated levels are found. Radon has been proven to cause lung cancer, even in non-smokers.

EAIS has Iowa schools covered with its School Radon Training and Support System (SRTSS). We have been helping schools prevent radon-induced lung cancer in their buildings since 2015. With EAIS, school radon testing is easy, inexpensive and worth it.

  • SRTSS is the only full radon support program specific to schools.
  • EAIS has already helped over 50 Iowa school districts test more than 200 buildings.
  • Participating school districts save taxpayer dollars by receiving the training and support they need to test their buildings for radon themselves.
  • EAIS staff provide coaching and support throughout the radon learning, planning, testing and followup process.
  • Cost is based upon school district enrollment size. For the majority of Iowa districts this ranges between $1,900 and $2,900/year + test kits.
  • So far, 36% of Iowa school buildings have initially tested at or above the Environmental Protection Agency’s radon action level.
  • When active mitigation has been necessary, the average cost has been just $3,300.
  • Learn more and see Iowa schools receiving training in this 1-minute clip on the EAIS YouTube page:  SRTSS: Really There for Schools.

This process begins by registering for a School Radon Kickoff Workshop. 2022-23 Workshops will be offered at at least five different locations across Iowa in Fall 2022, with specific dates TBA. 

With EAIS and the School Radon Training & Support System, school radon testing is easy, inexpensive and worth it.

The Iowa School Radon Training and Support System© is a hybrid created specifically for schools to use as a guide, based upon information from:

1) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radon Measurement in Schools: Revised Edition (1993); 2) Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Testing Protocols for Iowa Child Care Centers (2014); 3) EPA Managing Radon in Schools (2010); 4) ANSI-AARST MALB 2014 Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products In Schools and Large Buildings, and 5) School Radon Training & Support System experience and school district participant input.

SRTSS collaborators include: Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Gail Orcutt, radon-induced lung cancer advocate; Healthy Homes Radon Education and Consulting; Iowa Cancer Consortium; and the Iowa Department of Public Health.