AARST Radon Report Card
The purpose of the Report Card is to facilitate evaluation and rating of state radon policies and risk according to objective criteria and publicize the results. AARST anticipates that this resource will assist consumers, policy makers, public advocates, soil gas professionals, radon programs, researchers, and other health and housing stakeholders in accomplishing expanded and improved efforts to stop radon in the nation’s homes, schools, and other buildings. The Report Card will be updated annually.
In order to enable user verification of risk data and consistency in measurement across states, the AARST Radon Report Card relies on national data reported by federal agencies:
- Total Population; Lung Cancer Deaths; Age-Adjusted Lung Cancer Rate (per 100,000); Lung Cancer Deaths: CDC US Cancer Statistics (2018)
- Estimated Radon-Induced Lung Cancer Cases: Calculated from Lung Cancer Cases (CDC US Cancer Statistics, 2018) multiplied by 13.4% risk attributable to radon (EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes, 2003) and weighted distribution of exposure risk based on mean pre-mitigation radon levels from CDC Environmental Public Health Network (Lab-reported: 2008-2017; State-reported: years vary): American Lung Association (2021)
- Cost of Radon-Induced Lung Cancer Cases: National Cancer Institute, Cancer Trends Progress Report (2022) and Productivity Costs of Cancer Mortality in the US (2008)
- Pre-Mitigation Radon Tests, CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Lab-reported: 2008-2017; State-reported: years vary)
- Existing Housing Units: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2019)
- New Housing Units: US Census, Building Permits by State (2019)
- Public Schools: National Center for Educational Statistics, Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Data, Preliminary (2020-2021)
Statewide Radon Policies: AARST staff compilation.
State Radon Report Cards
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