Radon is a heavy radioactive gaseous element formed by the decay of radium, it is odorless and colorless. Excessive or prolonged exposure to radon can lead to severe health conditions such as Lung Cancer.
800-55RADON (557-2366) Get live help for your radon questions.
800-644-6999* Radon Fit-It Hotline. For general information on fixing or reducing the radon level in your home.
800-426-4791 Safe Drinking Water Hotline.
Asbestos a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause several and severe lung conditions including forms of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Wood burning appliances
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Ambient Air Quality:
Drinking Water (Private Wells): Through legislative action in 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed to protect public health, regulate waterways, as well as establish and enforce standards. Does your home have a private well? When was the last time you did a visual inspection of the system? Some simple steps to maintain and prevent problems with your well include:
Install a locking well cap or sanitary seal to prevent unauthorized use of, or entry into, the well
Do not mix or use pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, degreasers, fuels, and other pollutants near the well
Never dispose of wastes in dry wells or in abandoned wells
Pump and inspect septic systems as often as recommended by your local health department
Never dispose of hazardous materials in a septic system
Take care in working or mowing around your well
Each month check visible parts of your system for problems
Set a regular maintenance schedule for your well, do the scheduled maintenance and keep accurate, up-to-date records
Septic: The septic system is an important feature in many rural homes to handle the treatment and disbursement of wastewater. Some keys signs that there is an issue with the system are:
Wastewater backing up into household drains.
Bright green, spongy grass on the drainfield, especially during dry weather.
Pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or in your basement.
A strong odor around the septic tank and drainfield.
Monacan Tribal Citizens are eligible to receive assistance with the repair or replacement of failing septic systems. This does not include standard operation and maintenance such as routine pumping. If you feel that your system is failing please contact the Environmental department to discuss your options.