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US Radon Policy Needs to Change

Fellow radon practitioners,

I have responded to the call (below) to e-mail my congresspersons with a request to get active on radon. Over the past several months, I have been receiving e-mails from Healthy Homes which is garnering millions of dollars of grant monies for research and mitigation of indoor air quality issues. Radon is not among the issues they are addressing. These are state and county health officials; not some high-powered lobbyists. A neighboring town is looking for half a million dollars for a tennis court and basketball court in a flood plain as part of the stimulus package. Come on!!! We continue to let these financial opportunities slide by and then complain that the government doesn’t do anything about radon.

I have been on an American Lung Association e-mail list for many years with a comparable request form as the request below, and they have been able to get FDA oversight of tobacco changed; ambient air laws changed; and indoor air quality into the public forum as an issue because their VOLUNTEERS have responded to requests like the one below.

When the National Association of Home Builders sent out a request for their members to e-mail congress, they got 30,000 responses. That’s Thirty THOUSAND. Who do you think Congress listens to?

It only takes a few minutes to follow the instructions below. There is no one else to do this for us. The buck stops with you.

Trudy Smith

P.S. I wrote a check too. Multiply $25 times 700 radon professionals. You do the math; my brain scrambles.

Call to Action:

Send an email or letter urging your Senators and Representative to Save Lives by pushing for changes in U.S. radon policy!

User photo for: Gloria Linnertz

Thank you Trudy for your comments. The legislators do listen but they have to be told what we as constituents want. They do pay attention; they just have to be informed. It takes many people telling them about radon before it will get their attention however. Change will take place when the laws change and the laws will change when we make it happen. Recently I was in DC with the Respiratory Health of Metropolitan Chicago encouraging the legislators to take action against radon with national radon prevention policies. Change doesn't happen with one visit or two or even three, but if we all keep at it, the message that radon causes lung cancer and it can easily be prevented will eventually take hold. Phone calls, emails, letters and faxes make a big difference. I do hope our readers will take time to make a difference in saving lives due to radon-induced lung cancer.

It's up to us to make a difference, because most of those affected aren't here to do it. It's up to us.

Gloria Linnertz
seascape@htc.net