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Radon Venting Now Required In Mount Juliet, TN

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Radon is an odorless, colorless, radio-active gas. It's also deadly if a homeowner is exposed to it long term. That's why Mount Juliet's public works department is ordering radon venting in all new construction as of Oct.1

Wilson County has a high potential for radon gas.

"We have a lot of course features, drop outs, sink holes, fissures in the rock, there is a lot of rock base here," said Marvin Keel, director of Mount Juliet's public works department.

Keel said homeowners in Mount Juliet should be concerned about radon, but there is no reason to panic.

"All of a sudden here's someone in the city of Mount Juliet saying we are going to require radon to be vented. I think we are moving on this cautiously, to make certain that It's not an issue in the future, said Keel.

Radon is a radio-active gas, a by-product of decaying rock and soil. It seeps into a home's crawl space or basement. It can enter the home through crevices and cracks in the house.

Once inside an enclosed space, radon can accumulate.

"It's one of those long-term exposure issues that a person needs to be concerned about," said Keel.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon causes 20,000 deaths a year.

The city's Public Works Department estimates the venting system will add $1,000 to $2,000 to the cost of a new home in Mount Juliet.

Mount Juliet joins Lebanon, another Wilson County city, in requiring radon venting in new construction. Brentwood, Smyrna and Nolensville also mandate it.

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