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Radon Tee Appears with London Landmarks to Lobby for Building Regs Changes

 Radon Tee Appears with London Landmarks to Lobby for Building Regs Changes

A T-Shirt travelling the globe to spread the message Reduce Radon & Save Lives has been photographed outside London’s Houses of Parliament with specialist contractors, ProTen Services.

Bath, United Kingdom, February 24, 2010 -- Martin Freeman, Managing Director of ProTen Services, posed with the Radon Tee outside the House of Lords, the House of Commons and Big Ben this week.

Ministers at the Houses of Parliament are responsible for passing legislation in the UK, including the Building Regulations, which stipulate whether new buildings and extensions or conversions must be protected from radon.

Currently, only properties located in certain areas of the country are required under Building Regulations to incorporate radon protective measures into the build.

Radon rules likely to be included in National Building Code (Canada)

Tough new Health Canada recommendations on radon exposure may soon affect forming and foundation contractors, if proposed changes to the 2010 National Building Code (NBC) take effect.

Radon is a colourless, odourless gas formed in soil, rock and groundwater as radium decays.

“Recent scientific evidence has conclusively linked long-term exposure to high levels of radon to a higher incidence of lung cancer,” said Gary Holub, a Health Canada media relations officer.

“Health Canada worked closely with the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Radiation Protection Committee in making the decision to lower the guideline from 800 Bq per cubic metre to 200 Bq per cubic metre for all buildings, including homes. This new threshold places Canada among the international leaders for radon guidelines, so that Canada has one of the lowest acceptable levels for radon in buildings.”

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Radon law to take effect

When Cecil Keen moved into his Mankato home, he did a radon test in the basement.

“It was off the charts,” said Keen, a professor in the geography department at Minnesota State University.

Keen hired a contractor for $1,500 to mitigate the problem by installing a pipe and fan system to vent the deadly gas from under the basement slab out through the roof.

That experience and ongoing MSU research showing a majority of Mankato homes with high radon levels led Keen and others to successfully push for a state law that requires all new homes to be built with radon mitigation.

The new regulations go into effect June 1.

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Homeowner Speaks About Need for Radon Control in New Homes

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Colleagues,

Recently, I received a copy of a letter from resident of a recently built home expressing concern to her county health department, building code official, and mayor about elevated indoor radon (over 200 pCi/L), subsequent extremely difficult mitigation process, and the need for radon control requirements in building codes.

I believe the letter offers a very strong testimony to the importance of radon prevention in new construction. The author of the letter has given permission to distribute the correspondence and it follows.

Based upon information found in the residents’ letter, it appears that this family:
• has been needlessly exposed to very high radon for nearly four years,
• had to unnecessarily pay far more for mitigation then it would have cost to install radon control then when the home was built, and

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