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In Highlighting Radon's Risks, Context Needed

In case you haven't heard, it's National Radon Action Month.

Every January, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies hit the airwaves to tell us that radon gas can kill and that every home should be tested. But that message skips over many complexities surrounding the risks from radon.

Radon is a heavy, radioactive gas that can seep out of the soil into basements and other parts of a house. There's no question that inhaling a lot of radon is bad for you, but some scientists think such statements could use a little context.

Phil Price, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has spent a lot of time studying radon. He is willing to accept the government's rough estimate that radon causes about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. But, he says, people should know something about that number.

Why Your Home is More at Risk for Radon

DENVER - It is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers: radon. And the gas is more likely to be found in Colorado than in many other parts of the country.

"Colorado is a highly mineralized state," Warren Smith of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said. "So uranium occurs naturally in our soil and as it breaks down, it can become radon gas, which can percolate up to the soil and collect in your home."

Three years ago, siblings 12-year-old Christina and 11-year-old Eric Bear had never even heard of the dangers of radon. Now, after winning two state poster contests, they are expert educators trying to spread the word.

"We don't think many people know about radon. That's why we're trying to do the awareness project," Eric said.

The children travel across the state and have created their own website: www.radondetecttoprotect.info.

Illinois Agency, Others Meet to Talk Radon

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois officials want to raise awareness about a leading cause of lung cancer. And it's not smoking. It's radon.

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that seeps from the ground into homes and buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency says it's the second leading cause of lung cancer. Among nonsmokers, it's the leading cause.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency held a meeting in Springfield Tuesday with health officials, contractors, teachers and others to share ideas about how to educate people about the dangers of radon.

The IEMA says radon's been detected in more than 40 percent of Illinois homes tested. It says there are nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths in the state each year.

Radon can often be dealt with in buildings by installing special ventilation systems.

To view this article, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-radonawareness,0,4157677.story.

Welcome to Gardnerville, Test for Radon

Welcome to Gardnerville, Test for Radon

It's an odorless, tasteless gas that rises naturally from the soil and lurks in the quiet corners of many Douglas County homes.

It's also the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 people die each year from exposure to radon gas in their home.

A meeting for residents to share information about testing for radon and reducing levels that are above the safe minimums will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Members of the Cooperative Extension made a presentation to Douglas County commissioners on Monday, where the county declared January Radon Action Month.

Nevada Radon Education Program Director Susan Howe said Lake Tahoe is a hotspot for the gas, but that it has been detected in homes throughout the county.

Radon detection kits are available free from the Cooperative Extension Office in Gardnerville.

Winter is the Time to Test for Radon

NEVADA - Elevated levels of radon have been found in 37 percent of the Carson City homes that have been tested, said Susan Howe, program director for the Nevada Radon Education Program through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Howe was in Carson City this past week to request that the board of supervisors declare January National Radon Action Month.

Howe said that the radon percentage is even higher — 56 percent — in the 89703 zip code, and nearly 43 percent in the 89702 area. In the 89706 neighborhoods, which include a portion of Lyon County, the percentage was nearly 22 percent, and in 89701, it was more than 26 percent. In 89705, which is mostly Douglas County, it was nearly 20 percent.

Radon levels are measured in picoCuries per liter, or pCi/L. Most households testing positive in Carson City were in the 0-20 range, some were up to 50, but one home in the 89701 zip code area measured levels of over 100.

Radon: The hidden danger in Montana

Watch this KPAX news segment.

BOZEMAN - You can't see it, smell it or taste it, yet it's the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer in the United States. And that is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared January National Radon Action Month.

So, what is radon? The Gallatin County Health Department told us all about radon and why it is so important to Montana.

"The Bozeman area, and actually the state of Montana, is at the highest class of radon content just based on our mineral content in the ground and just our geological features of the state," sanitarian Treavor Johnson said.

Radon is a naturally occurring radio-active gas caused from uranium in the soil which enters homes often undetected. Statistics show that 50 percent of all homes in Montana will test positive for high levels of radon, potentially causing health risks.

Testing Your Home for Radon

Invisible Gas is Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

Watch this KJCT8 news segment.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- We have a warning for you about a lung cancer-causing gas that could be lurking inside your home.

It's called Radon. The byproduct of decomposing Uranium deep below the earth's surface seeps up through the ground and can become trapped inside your home, especially during the winter.

It's the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States right behind smoking.

Experts say you should use a test kit to figure out your home's levels. And if they're high, they're advising that you pay the money to get rid of the Radon.

Is Your House Giving You Cancer?

Is Your House Giving You Cancer?

Watch this WHSV news segment.

Radon is something you can't see or smell but, you need to know about to keep your family safe.

It's a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is likely in your home and specialists say one in three homes in the Valley have unsafe levels.

The rocky soil in the area makes homes, businesses and apartment buildings more susceptible.

The radon comes from decaying uranium and thorium, which exist naturally in the soil and rocks.

Continuously breathing in unsafe levels of radon is the equivalent of smoking numerous cigarettes per day.

Keith Micallef, the owner of Accurate Home Inspections and a Certified Radon Specialist, says he has seen more people testing.

Federal Agencies Join Efforts to Reduce Radon Exposure

Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer

WASHINGTON – January is National Radon Action Month and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and eight other federal agencies are announcing a new effort to strengthen the fight against radon exposure. Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer. Senior leaders from the federal agencies are pledging to work together to create a national risk reduction plan for radon that will help save lives and create safer, healthier homes for all Americans.

“Radon is a serious public health threat that leads to more than 21,000 deaths each year,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “This new federal partnership will help Americans reduce their risk of radon exposure.”

EPA Calls for Radon Action this January

EPA Calls for Radon Action this January

The World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency have announced a call to action for Americans to test their homes for Radon Gas, which has recently been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S.

The EPA has officially designated January 2011 to be National Radon Action Month in the United States. The press, local health departments, and the media are encouraged to help save lives in 2011 by promoting National Radon Action Month.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that seeps out of the ground and can enter homes and other buildings. Since Radon is invisible and odorless, the only way to know if a home has dangerous levels of the gas is to conduct a Radon test. Radon problems have been found in every county of the U.S. so the Surgeon General is recommending that all homes are tested.