Shutting out Radon at Princeton

Jan. 17, 2017

The state of New Jersey is promoting radon testing this month. Princeton University maintains a comprehensive program for mitigating exposure in campus buildings. 

January is National Radon Action Month, when federal and local agencies highlight the potential danger of this naturally-occurring gas, a byproduct of the breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water. 

While common in the environment, radon gas can be hazardous if allowed to build up in underground spaces such as basements. Princeton tests radon levels regularly in campus buildings and has been able to successfully mitigate all basement and first-floor rooms with occupancy greater than 2 hours per week to levels at or under the EPA recommendation of 4 picoCuries/Liter. 

To learn more about radon gas and mitigation efforts at Princeton, visit the radon information section of the Environmental Health and Safety website.