Recent Study Quantifies Value of Geologic Data Used to Communicate Radon-Related Health Risks
Environmental Health recently published “Economic valuation of health benefits from using geologic data to communicate radon risk potential,” which describes the collaborative research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing and UK’s Kentucky Geological Survey. The study assessed the value of using detailed geologic maps to communicate the risks from radon exposure. KGS developed county-level geology-based radon maps for the state of Kentucky and the UK College of Nursing presented the information to representatives of Kentucky counties. According to the economic analysis conducted by the USGS Science and Decisions Center, the study indicates the value of using geologic maps to communicate the risks of radon exposure will help 75 Kentucky residents in one year avoid exposure to harmful radon levels through increased testing and mitigation, which has a net present value of $3.4 to $8.5 million (2016 USD), far exceeding the cost of the program. To learn more about this research, access the peer reviewed journal article online: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12940-020-00589-8.