DCSIMG

Indicator Profile of Radon Mitigation

Why Is This Important?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in soil and rock. Radon can only be detected by specialized tests and can enter homes through openings that are in contact with the ground. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The risk of cancer decreases as the radon concentration decreases so it is recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection that every home be tested and mitigated when radon levels are 4 pCi/L or more.

Percentage of Homes Testing at or above 4 pCi/L That Have Been Mitigated, by Year, New Jersey (*HNJ2010/HNJ2020*)

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Data Notes

**This is a Healthy New Jersey 2010 (HNJ2010) and Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective.** HNJ2010 goal is to increase the percentage of homes testing at or above 4 picocuries radon per liter of air that have been mitigated to 40%. 

Data Sources

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Environmental Radiation, Radon Section; 

Definition

Percentage of homes testing at or above 4 picocuries radon per liter air (pCi/L) that have been mitigated.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of homes that have tested at or above 4 pCi/L that have been mitigated.
Denominator: Total number of homes that have tested at or above 4 pCi/L.

Page Content Updated On 07/23/12, Published on 05/14/13
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Content updated: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:00:46 EDT