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Radon Exposure Help Sought

Harrisburg, Ill. —

State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) is sponsoring legislation that will help ensure healthier radon-free living standards for renters here in the state of Illinois.

"I feel that it is very important that those who choose to rent here in Illinois are covered by safeguards much like this, so tenants will not have to worry about their health and complications that could arise as a result of renting an apartment or house that might be contaminated with radon," said Phelps.

"This measure is not about requiring more regulations and standards to burden landlords, but more importantly, it is about the safety this measure will provide for both parties involved when they enter any lease agreement."

House Bill 141, known as the Tenets Radon Protection Act, requires landlords that have reports of radon concentration to disclose those reports to tenants, as well as reports on any new testing done to tenants on the third floor or below. Since radon comes from a breakdown in soil, the higher floor units in a building do not see the same exposure levels. Additionally, this measure requires that all reports and a brochure regarding radon hazards be provided to new tenants.

Radon is a radioactive, toxic, colorless gas, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Consistent exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, with radon being the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. With radon awareness reduction systems much like this proposal in place, the risks associated with radon can be mitigated.

"This measure will also help reduce the instances of lung cancer and illness, which is a direct result of exposure to high amounts of radon," said Phelps. "I also encourage homeowners to have their homes tested annually and to share those results with neighbors to help reduce the rate of radon-caused health issues."

For more information, contact Phelps' constituent service office at 618-253-4189.

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