Radon Testing and Radon Control
Under Chapter 23-61, the General Laws of Rhode Island, public buildings must be tested at regular intervals for the presence of Rn-222 an isotope of the radioactive noble gas radon. Chapter 23-61 is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Occupational & Radiological Health. Testing for radon gas levels must be done in each habitable room on ground level and below ground level. Details of the law can be read in the Department of Health's RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR RADON CONTROL, Publication R 23-61-RC, August 1994.
CCRI has fulfilled its obligations under the law, CCRI hires licensed independent contractors to test all required areas of the college and reports the results to the Rhode Island Department of Health. Retesting of selected rooms at three-year intervals has been performed on schedule.
Priority Environmental Services of Cranston, RI performed the last routine testing of radon levels in December 2007. The tests were done at all four Community College of Rhode Island campuses as follows:
- Flanagan (Lincoln) Campus: In December 2007 all day care rooms were tested and ten per cent of all rooms and areas originally tested were retested.
- Providence (Liston) Campus: In December 2007 all day care rooms were tested and ten per cent of all rooms and areas originally tested were retested.
- Warwick (Knight) Campus: In December 2007 all day care rooms were tested and ten per cent of all rooms and areas originally tested were retested.
- Newport County Campus: In December 2007 ten per cent of all rooms and areas originally tested were retested.
- Quonset Training and Technology Center: Initial Radon testing was conducted in March 2006. The Quonset training facility is no longer operated by CCRI.
Testing results showed that all CCRI rooms and areas listed above had radon levels lower than the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. As required by law, the test results were reported to the Rhode Island Department of Health, to the agency that managed the CCRI day Care Centers and to the Rhode Island DCYF (Department of Children, Youth & Families).
To satisfy the requirements of state law, ten per cent of all CCRI rooms originally tested for radon will be retested in late 2011. To satisfy DCYF regulations, all day care rooms, rather than just ten per cent of them, will be retested at that time.
The Rhode Island Department of Health posts information on its radon control program at http://www.health.ri.gov/environment/occupational/radon/index.php. General questions about radon testing should be directed to the Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Occupational & Radiological Health at 401-222-2438.
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