Radon Gas In Your Home - Part 1
Figure 168: EPA Map of Radon Zones
The Map was developed using five factors to determine radon potential: indoor radon measurements; geology; aerial radioactivity; soil permeability; and, foundation type. Radon potential assessment is based on geologic provinces. Radon Index Matrix is the quantitative assessment of radon potential. Confidence Index Matrix shows the quantity and quality of the data used to assess radon potential. Geologic Provinces were adapted to county boundaries for the Map of Radon Zones.
Sections 307 and 309 of the Indoor Radon Abatement Act of 1988 (IRAA) directed EPA to list and identify areas of the U.S. with the potential for elevated indoor radon levels. EPA's Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 3,141 counties in the U.S. to one of three zones based on radon potential:
Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter)
Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L
Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L
Individual US State Radon Maps are available at www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/zonemap.html