These handwritten notes were made during a 1989 meeting held between Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Nashville Health Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss radon issues inside Nashville schools.more>>
This regulation, approved by the Metro Nashville Health Department, requires the agency to oversee regular testing of Metro buildings for radon, beginning in 180 days and being repeated every five years.more>>
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By Ben Hall Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Nashville schools have launched a major effort to test every school building for the cancer-causing gas radon.
It follows an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation that discovered a startling failure to follow a law passed more than 20 years ago to require testing.
The testing quietly began in 28 schools over Spring Break, but the initial results won't be back for at least a week. Eventually, all 139 schools will be tested.
But NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered that Metro schools have not tested for the gas in more than 20 years despite a disturbing history with radon.
Davidson County is a high-risk area for radon, which occurs naturally when certain soil and rock decay. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country.
Thomas Hatfield has been Metro Schools' point person for radon ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested 11 schools in 1989. He remembers being shocked by results that indicated that Nashville schools had some of the worst radon levels in the country.
"At the time it alarmed us," recalled Hatfield, who is now the director of plant operations and maintenance for the school system and deals with safety issues like radon. "What we found was alarming."
Back in 1989, EPA helped lower radon levels at two of the 11 schools tested, but left the rest up to Metro.
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