Radon in Schools

Radon Initiative Partnership in Local Schools (RIPLS)

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. In Iowa and Linn County, our average indoor radon levels are estimated to be twice the EPA recommended mitigation level. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends testing schools every four years and mitigate if confirmation sampling shows results above the EPA's target level. Children spend approximately one-third of their time in school.

For more information or questions please contact:

Linn County Public Health

Environmental Services Division

Healthy Homes Branch



LCPResources provided by H include radon test kits , technical assistance, overnight shipping to the laboratory, sample testing plans and quality control plans. To be eligible for free kits and shipping, schools must have at least one person from the district attend the Radon Measurement and Mitigation in Schools and Large Buildings course below. Schools who qualify for free radon test kits shall conduct one eduation or outreach event to students and parents on the health effects of radon and encourage radon testing in their homes.