Journal of Environmental Health – Letter to the Editor

Radon Resistant New Construction

Dear Editor:

I am a doctoral candidate in advertising at The University of Texas at Austin, a National Science Foundation fellow, and grantee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I have been working in U.S. EPA’s Indoor Environments Division and in affiliation with the inter-agency Healthy Homes Work Group since January. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the NEHA/U.S. EPA Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) workshop in Washington, DC. Listening to the points that arose during Q&A and in the conversations that came up between presentations and during the lunches, there was a strong recurring theme that resonates with my background in communication and psychology:
perhaps the greatest obstacle facing radon testing, radon mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction is human irrationality.

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