Radon in Drinking Water
Public Health Standards for Radon in Drinking Water
EPA's proposal for public health standards for radon in drinking water provided two options to States and community water systems for reducing radon health risks in both drinking water and indoor air quality, a unique multimedia framework authorized in the 1996 Amendments to the Safewater Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Information about the proposed rule and information relating to the status of the rule can be found at http://water.epa.gov
Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Call toll free and speak with an Information Specialist Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm eastern time at 1-800-426-4791. The Hotline is closed on Federal holidays, except Veteran's Day, but closed the day after Thanksgiving.
The Safe Drinking Water Hotline telecommunications system provides only recorded messages in English and Spanish 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Bilingual service is available. An introductory telephone message tells Spanish callers to leave a detailed message. Bilingual Information Specialists will return these calls.
NAS Report on Radon in Drinking Water - "Risk Assessment of Radon in Drinking Water"
The report, released September 15, 1998 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is the most comprehensive accumulation of scientific data on the public health risks of radon in drinking water. The report was required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The NAS report (BEIR VI) confirms that radon is a serious public health threat. The report goes on to refine the risks of radon in drinking water and confirms that there are drinking water related cancer deaths, primarily due to lung cancer. The report in general confirms earlier EPA scientific conclusions and analyses for drinking water, and presents no major changes to EPA's 1994 risk assessment.
The Report can be read and purchased from www.nap.edu (ISBN-10: 0-309-06292-6/ISBN-13: 978-0-309-06292-3, National Academy Press, 256 pages, 1999.) The listed hardcover price for the book is $37.46 U.S. The NAS Executive Summary of the report and initial EPA perspectives are available online at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/radon/nas.cfm
Test Your Home for Radon — It's Easy and Inexpensive
The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested. Read about radon health risks.
Fix your home if you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.
You can test your home yourself or hire a professional.
If you have further questions about Radon, please call your State Radon Contact.