HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. — Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools have not been tested for cancer-causing radon gas.
In 2018, we sent open records requests to districts in our area. Both districts had no record of any radon testing.
In 2019, we checked with the districts again to see if it was doing anything differently. Neither Hardin County Public Schools or Elizabethtown Independent School Districts still had not conducted any testing.
INFORMATION FROM THE EXPERTS:
Kentucky schools are not required to test for radon but being exposed to the average indoor levels in Hardin County (2 to 4 pCi/L) could be equivalent to smoking a half a pack of cigarettes a day, according to the EPA.
Approximately 21,000 Americans die annually from radon-induced lung cancer, including people who have quit smoking or never smoked.
The EPA recommended action level is at 4 pCi/L, while the World Health Organization recommends action at 2.7 pCi/L. Both organizations are clear, no level of radon exposure is safe, especially long-term.
Changes in the building and environment could cause changes in radon exposure levels, therefore the EPA recommends retesting every building at least every other year to make sure levels do not reach dangerous levels.
The only way to know if levels of radon gas are dangerous is to test and retest.
- Find a test kit.
- County-level infographic from Kentucky State Radon Program © University of Kentucky BREATHE
- EPA Kentucky Radon Exposure Map
- State resources for radon
This is part of a WHAS11 investigation into radon exposure in schools. Read the full 2018 report.