ENVIRONMENTAL

Pottawattamie County Environmental Health Services

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Environmental Health Inspectors strive to enhance the quality of life in our county by preventing, eliminating, and controlling environmental threats to public health.  They protect clean water and healthy environments, and enforce laws and ordinances to protect the public from harmful environmental conditions.

Inspections are provided for Public Swimming Pools, Tattoo Parlors, Septic Systems, Private Wells, Nuisances, Noxious Weeds, Well Water Testing, Miscellaneous Environmental Complaints, and Environmental Disease Prevention. 

 

Areas of Environmental Safety:
  • Radon Test Kits

 

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is produced from the decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil.Indoor levels can be very high.It doesn’t matter where you live, how old your home is, or what type of foundation it has – the only way to know the level of Radon gas in your home is to perform a test.

Radon enters buildings through cracks in the floors or walls; usually the highest concentrations are in the basement or crawlspace.  Most exposure to Radon comes from being indoors.  Licensed daycares and schools are required to test and mitigate by law, but we have no current regulations for our homes.  Hopefully we will have an Iowa policy in the future – to test for Radon prior to the transfer of ownership so that new owners are aware of the health risks for their families and can mitigate.

  • 7 of 10 homes in Iowa have an unacceptable level of Radon.

  • The average indoor radon concentration in Iowa is more than six times the national average.

By breathing in radon gas, it gets trapped in our lungs and damages the lung tissue.  Exposure to Radon gas causes lung cancer, in fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. (second only to smoking).

Radon testing is very easy and inexpensive.  To obtain a Radon test, contact:

 

The Iowa Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992, or Health House American Lung Association:

http://www.healthhouse.org/radon/ia.cfm

 

The Pottawattamie County Planning Department at 712-328-5792

 

Radon mitigation is possible.  The most common way is to install a vent pipe that draws the air from under the foundation and outlets above the roof line.

Contact the Iowa Radon Hotline staff for a list of licensed radon mitigation professionals:

1-800-383-5992, or at Iowa Dept. of Public Health | Radon: http://idph.iowa.gov/radon

 

Resources:

             

  • Healthy Homes Brochure

  • WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon

  • Radon Home Buyers and Sellers Guide

  • Occupations with Potential for Radon Exposure

  • You Tube videos about Radon

  • Radon Fact Sheet

Areas of Environmental Safety:

Food Safety

600 South 4th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 242-1155
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Hours:
Clinic Hours
Monday-Friday | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Recycling Center
Tuesday-Friday | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays

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