Radiation Control Program

January is Radon Action Month!

On December 19, 2017, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring January to be Kansas Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas from the soil and can be found everywhere. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. One in four houses in Kansas are affected by radon and elevated levels have been found in every Kansas county. The only way to know if your home contains elevated radon levels is to test. Testing is inexpensive and easy to use test kits can be obtained from your local county extension office for a small cost (around $10). To get more information regarding radon and to find your local county extension office, please visit KansasRadonProgram.org. Please note: If you are testing your home as part of a real estate transaction, Kansas law requires the measurement must be performed by a certified radon measurement technician.

Elevated levels of radon can be fixed! If you find your home has elevated radon levels, you can hire a certified mitigation technician to fix your home and bring radon levels down. Click here for a list of certified radon measurement and mitigation technicians.

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Radiation Contact Information

The Kansas Radiation Control Program was authorized by statute to protect public health and safety related to uses of radiation (K.S.A. 48-1601). The regulations for radiation protection developed and implemented to meet federal requirements for use of radiation (K.A.R. 28-35-133 through K.A.R. 28-35-608).

The program focus areas in the radiation control program include:

  • Environmental staff collect samples around the nuclear power plant and other areas in Kansas to monitor the environment for radiation
  • Radiological emergency preparedness staff help to prepare for emergencies involving radiation
  • Radon staff work with radon contractors and the public to reduce the indoor levels of the radioactive and cancer causing gas
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  • Radioactive materials and licensing staff work with people who use radioactive materials at their place of business
  • Right-to-Know staff compile and track information about hazardous chemicals used and released in the state
  • X-ray staff work with people who use radiation that is machine generated such as medical and industrial x-ray equipment

For more information on these and other radiation focus areas, see the tabs on the left side of this page. The contact us link provides phone numbers and email information.

Mission Statement

"Our mission is to protect the well-being of Kansans and the environment from the harmful effects of man-made and natural radiation. Through competent and efficient utilization of our services and enforcement, we strive to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure. We advance our mission by dedicating these efforts to our valued and respected Kansans."