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Radon Could Be A Hidden Threat In Your Home

Realtor Debra Harris had found just what her client wanted.

A duplex on Morgan Street in Throop was remodeled, in move-in condition and at a price she could afford. It checked all her boxes for an investment property. But when the home inspection came back, there was an issue: radon.

A walk through the home wouldn’t show any sign of the odorless, colorless gas that comes from the decay of uranium.

The gas causes lung cancer and is the primary cause of the cancer among people who don’t smoke, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and most counties in Pennsylvania, are in the EPA’s highest zone for highest potential for unhealthy radon levels.

“She was going to have tenants in there, so she definitely needed that addressed,” Harris said.

The seller wound up installing a radon mitigation system to close the deal. As Harris remembers, it cost about $2,500.

Radon Increases Risk for Malignant Skin Cancer

It is undisputed that radon is a risk factor for developing lung cancer. New research by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in the context of the Swiss National Cohort study now shows that the naturally occurring radioactive gas radon within one's home also increases the risk to develop malignant skin cancer (malignant melanoma).

The study titled "Effects of Radon and UV Exposure on Skin Cancer Mortality in Switzerland" is published in the scientific peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. It examines the impact of radon and UV exposure on mortality due to malignant skin cancer in Switzerland.

The study analyzed 1,900 deaths due to malignant melanoma which occurred throughout Switzerland between 2000 and 2008 in people aged 20 years and above. The residential radon exposure was modeled on the basis of 45,000 measurements and accounted for the housing's characteristics and the geological conditions of the area.

State Encourages People to Test Homes for Radon

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the United States. Idaho is one of the worst states when it comes to high levels of Radon in homes. Which is why the Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare wants homeowners to test their home for the radioactive gas.

"Everyone should test their home for radon because you do not know if you have high levels unless you do test," said Jim Faust with the dept. of health and welfare.

Currently, tests are only $9.95, normally the costs is about $40 the tests include shipping and a lab analysis. If you are interested in getting your home tested, sign up for a kit at www.radonidaho.org.

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High Radon Reading Not Enough to Give Up on a Dream Home

Radon, a radioactive, odorless gas emitted from the soil is surprisingly common in North Carolina, and it is a concern for homeowners or those looking to buy a house.

A home inspection should always include a radon test. Radon can seep into homes and buildings through cracks. Inhaling it has been linked to lung cancer, killing an alarming 21,000 people a year.

If a home test shows high levels of radon, it's not the end of the world. Radon-related deaths are connected with exposure over the course of a lifetime, and Consumer Reports says that exposure can be dealt with.

"You should definitely take it seriously, but you really don't need to walk away from the home. It's actually pretty easy to remove radon, and it's not that expensive," said Paul Hope, Consumer Reports home editor.

Consumer Reports: Is it safe to buy a home with elevated radon level?

What is radon, and why is it dangerous?

The action level for radon, the level where the health risk warrants fixing, is 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/l). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in 15 homes nationwide has an elevated level of radon (a level at or above the action level), while one in four homes tested in Nevada has an elevated radon level.

Because Nevada lacks any regulations that protect citizens from radon, the first step toward risk-reduction occurs through education. The second step is to test, as testing is the only way to determine a home or building's radon level.

Additionally, a home should be tested every two years, before or after remodeling and after significant seismic activity.

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Radon risks - How concerned should you be?

Beautiful home, but how can you tell if the soil it's built on is emitting hazardous radon gas?

According to the Washington State Department of Health, radon is the single largest source of radiation for most residents of Washington and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

You should definitely take radon seriously if it's present in your home. But that doesn't mean you should walk away from a home you're considering for purchase because of radon fears.

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NY State says Cortland County has the highest radon gas levels in recent survey.

New York State recently listed the counties in New York State that have the highest levels of radon gas. Several Upstate New York counties rank high on the list and Cortland County is number one.

If you need it, radon remediation is not as expensive as some people think. A vent system typically costs between one and three thousand dollars.

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Radon common where two districts’ schools located

Analysis shows gas occurs often in areas where Evergreen, Vancouver campuses sited. Most Evergreen Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools campuses are located in parts of the county more likely to test positive for elevated levels of the radioactive gas radon, a Columbian analysis shows.

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NSAB Kicks Off Year-long Radon Survey in March

A year-long survey to test radon levels inside buildings on Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) starts March 20 when radon detectors will be placed in pre-selected locations.

On NSAB, approximately 1,500 radon detectors will be put in 670 locations in any Commander, Navy Installations Command-owned building, such as the barracks, Navy Exchange, Navy Lodge and Building 27.

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USGS Finds Elevated Levels of Arsenic, Radon, Methane in Some Private Wells in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Tests of 75 private drinking water wells in Lycoming County, in north-central Pennsylvania, found water from most of the sampled wells contained concentrations of radon that exceeded a proposed, nonbinding health standard for drinking water. Smaller percentages of the wells contained concentrations of arsenic or methane that exceed existing drinking water standards.

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