Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Sophie Haba
As fracking becomes more prevalent throughout the country as a way to obtain natural energy resources, the danger of radon being released has become a major concern. The danger of radon from fracking is a multi-issue threat. The natural gas that fracking yields can be contaminated with radon, the area around a fracking site may have higher than normal radon levels and the ground water can become contaminated by radon as well. All of these radon threats, activists say, need to be addressed. But what can you do to protect your own family from any increased radon danger from fracking?
Natural gas sourced through Fracking can have higher levels of radon in it.
Limiting radon exposure begins at home . One of the biggest concerns activists state about a radon and fracking link is that the natural gas sourced through fracking can have higher levels of radon in it. This is especially of concern currently in New York City, as the Spectra pipeline has been completed, bringing natural gas in from the Marcellus Shale. This bed, located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio is known to not only be abundant in natural gas, but also carries with it high levels of radon too.
Effective Radon Mitigation would be to make sure there are good ventilation systems around and/or above appliances that operate with natural gas.
The concern is that, especially in apartments with poor ventilation, natural gas used in a boiler or stove will be bringing radon into a home as well. If you know your natural gas is being sourced from a fracking site, radon mitigation techniques should be employed to counter the possible radon threat.
You should make sure there is good ventilation around appliances that operate with natural gas. A stove should have a hood-top exhaust fan that blows air outside of the home. In the basement or area where a water heater or boiler is, there can be installed a radon mitigation system, similar to those installed when a home's foundation is known to have high radon levels. If you are concerned about the threat of radon coming from your natural gas appliances, one of the easiest steps to take is to perform a radon test. Test kits can be obtained here from Next Step Environmental Services LLC.
What can you do about radon dangers
It's not just natural gas that poses a radon threat. Although attention is being given to this issue because of the controversy over fracking and what environmental hazards it carries, radon is a threat that is all around us. Because radon is a naturally occurring element that seeps from ground soil, you don't just have to be near a mine to be exposed. Many basements and first floor living spaces can be allowing radon into a home's air. The only way to know for sure is to test for radon.
Find out if Fracking Poses a Radon Danger in your Area .
There is concern that fracking sites are emitting radon at higher than normal levels into the air and ground water close to communities. Many activism sites that oppose fracking are trying to limit the places where natural gas and oil companies can use this practice because of environmental concerns like radon emissions. Groups like No Fracking! (http://nofracking.com/) and Californians Against Fracking (http://www.californiansagainstfracking.org/) are pushing for limits on where fracking sites can be operated because of the risk to the ecosystem and water. To find out what fracking sites may be located nearby, visit FracTracker (http://www.fractracker.org/map/) which offers state maps that track fracking activity across the country.
Builders, homeowners and renters seeking more information on Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation should contact a certified radon specialist. Next Step Environmental Services LLC is an excellent resource for self-testing materials, professional inspections and effective and economical remediation.