LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Radon is an invisible but dangerous radioactive gas. The risk of potential exposure is high in both Kentucky and Indiana.

There are few regulations and requirements for testing radon in both Kentucky and Indiana. Our investigative team found that neither states require radon testing in schools while other surrounding states require schools to test. After smoking, radon it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States causing an estimated twenty-one thousand (21,000) lung cancer deaths a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

We wanted to know if any districts in our area are testing and if they are what are the results? Are students and staff being exposed to dangerous levels of radioactive radon gas?

Our investigative team reached out to twenty districts in our area. We’ve summarized what you need to know. Follow the links below from information specific to each district.

Kentucky EPA Radon Map

KENTUCKY SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Oldham County Public Schools

Henry County Public Schools

Shelby County Public Schools

Nelson County Schools

Bullitt County Public Schools


Indiana Radon Zones map

INDIANA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

*Below schools had no record of radon testing.

  • Harrison County 
    • North Harrison Community Schools
  • Clark County
    • West Clark Community Schools
    • Greater Clark County Schools
    • Clarksville Community Schools
  • Jefferson County 
    • Madison Consolidated Schools

This is part of a WHAS11 investigation into radon exposure in schools. Read the full 2018 report.

Watch the follow-up 2019 report.

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