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NC Makes New Push for Radon Testing in Schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The state of North Carolina is making a new push to get radon testing done in schools.

Many tests haven't been done since the 1990s.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, causing 20,000 new cases each year.

“There are no laws that pertain to radon at all," said NC Radon Program coordinator Phillip Gibson.

Gibson is pushing for updated testing in schools.

"The data from the 90s is too old to be credible today," he said.

That older data showed only four counties in North Carolina over the EPA action limit. Lincoln County was one of them.

Their facilities director, Darrell Getty, told Channel 9, "We are continuing to work with Mr. Phillip Gibson for guidance on how to proceed with a plan of action. With his guidance we will proceed to identify and address any items of concern within our district.”

Phil Berman, CMS director of building services, said CMS has done its own testing.

"We recognize radon is an issue of significant concern,” he said.

Berman said the district did its own radon testing in 2007.

"Testing at 76 schools, 159 samples. We found no levels at the EPA action alert," Berman said.

CMS plans plan to do more testing this year.

In January, North Carolina is giving away free radon test kits. To get your free kit, click this link.

Read more here: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/nc-makes-new-push-radon-testing-schools/nTtDr/