WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2016) – As part of National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association (ALA) and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) have partnered, with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to announce the winners of the 2016 National Radon Poster Contest.
The contest is held each year across the nation to raise awareness of radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil and is found in every state. Radon can enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels.
"Radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. These deaths can be reduced, and as a nation there is an urgent need to take steps to save lives," said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association.