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A New Radon Action Plan is Being Developed: But It Won’t Work Unless We All Get Involved

July 24, 2015 • Peter Hendrick, AARST Executive Director

After nearly 30 years of operating since the passage of the 1988 Indoor Radon Abatement Act, AARST has routinely notified policy makers that more Americans may be at risk from radon than ever before, despite years of government, non-government and industry effort to address radon risk reduction. In 2010, nine federal agencies came together to develop the Federal Radon Action Plan and to launch more than 30 new projects that promote radon action through three approaches: • Testing for and mitigating high radon in buildings using professional radon services. • Providing financial incentives and direct support where needed for radon risk reduction. • Demonstrating the importance, feasibility and value of radon risk reduction.

AARST Radon Position Statement Calls For Stronger Federal Policies

June 24, 2015 • AARST Executive Director

AARST Position Statement Public Health Risk and Public Policy Concerning Radon Gas "We must protect the public from lung cancer caused by indoor radon. Protracted radon exposure increases the risk of all types of lung cancer." Radon-222 (hereafter called radon) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas, produced naturally in rocks and soil by the decay of uranium-238 and subsequently radium-226. Radon, with a radioactive half-life of about four days, enters homes and other buildings through cracks and penetrations in the building foundation. Radon gas usually exists at lower concentrations outdoors, but radon is typically present at a higher concentration indoors. A high radon gas concentration in a home or workplace increases the risk of radon-related lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among individuals who have never smoked, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.

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