Radon levels at St. Mary’s Academy high enough to require removal system: Your Stories

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BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — School administrators with the Syracuse Diocese will use the three-day weekend to install radon reducing mechanisms at St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville.

Recent test results show a level of radon in the library and some classrooms, ranging between less than 1 pCi/L and 42 pCi/L.

Those levels are far above the level at which the Environmental Protection Agency suggests school districts take action and what would be safe in a person’s home, but far lower than what Occupational Safety and Health Administration considers safe for a workplace in which people spend 40 hours or less.

Over the weekend, crews will install tubes that vent radon from soil underneath the floors to open air outside.

Students will be able to return to school Tuesday.

Parents of students in the school were first alerted to possible radon by the outgoing principal, who released test results that the Diocese claims weren’t accurate.

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