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June 8, 2016

No schools in Beaverton School District with radon results above the EPA Action Level

The Beaverton School District (BSD) has conducted targeted radon sample testing in all schools and facilities this winter and spring. The results revealed no elevated radon above the EPA Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L in all of our schools and facilities with the exception of Ridgewood Elementary School.  Please see Radon testing and results data below.

Ridgewood Elementary had some initial short-term test results over the EPA Action Level. Subsequent retesting results showed all levels below the EPA Action Level. The District will adjust the ventilation and pressurization systems at Ridgewood this summer, and conduct long- term testing in the fall/winter months. Ridgewood is scheduled to receive HVAC improvements this summer as part of the 2014 bond program.

Beaverton School District last tested schools for radon in 2001 and 1989. In July 2015, BSD hired an industrial hygiene consultant, AMEC Foster-Wheeler, to review the current Beaverton School District Radon Program and outline a strategy to best implement targeted radon testing at all Beaverton schools and support facilities. Based upon the consultant's recommendations, District-wide targeted radon sampling began in January 2016.

The Beaverton School District is committed to sampling all schools and facilities for radon over the next several years and already aligns with new radon legislation. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 332.166-167, mandates testing in every occupied room in schools/facilities by 2021. The first round of testing covered some rooms in every school and facility. All occupied rooms will be tested by 2021.