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Indoor radon risk potential of Hawaii

  • S. L. Szarzi
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Summary

A comprehensive evaluation of radon risk potential in the State of Hawaii indicates that the potential for Hawaii is low. Using a combination of factors including geology, soils, source-rock type, soil-gas radon concentrations, and indoor measurements throughout the state, a general model was developed that permits prediction for various regions in Hawaii. For the nearly 3,100 counties in the coterminous U.S., National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) aerorad data was the primary input factor. However, NURE aerorad data was not collected in Hawaii, therefore, this study used geology and soil type as the primary and secondary components of potential prediction. Although the radon potential of some Hawaiian soils suggests moderate risk, most houses are built above ground level and the radon soil potential is effectively decoupled from the house. Only underground facilities or those with closed or recirculating ventilation systems might have elevated radon potential.

Keywords

Uranium Radon Radon Concentration Indoor Radon Soil Conservation Service 

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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. L. Szarzi
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  1. 1.U.S. Geological Survey

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