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Warren to Offer Radon Test Kits to Residents

WARREN, NJ — Warren Township will be offering radon test kits to residents during the winter months as part of National Radon Action Month in January.

"Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes, and drains. Radon occurs in higher concentrations in certain areas of the state, including Warren Township," the township announced.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

To learn more and find out how to get a radon test kit, click here.

Most New Jerseyans ignore radon risk, inspecting only when selling a house

Radon is one of the scariest things that can turn up in a house. It's the second most common cause of lung cancer, after smoking, and kills an estimated 500 New Jerseyans a year, experts say.

Despite the risk, most people think about radon only when it's time to buy or sell a home, when buyers request that the house be tested for the colorless, odorless gas. But experts say homeowners should check for it even if they're not planning to move.

The remediation system travels out the roof in this Oradell home. The gas is the result of the natural breakdown of radioactive material in the ground and can be hazardous when trapped inside a house.

A remediation system traveling up through the basement floor.
"We don't want people to just wait till they're selling their home to fix radon problems," says Kevin Stewart, director of environmental health of the American Lung Association in New Jersey.

How to test a home

Geological Survey Pinpoints Ages Of New Jersey’s Oldest Rocks

TRENTON — How old are the oldest rocks in New Jersey and where are they located? Perhaps these questions haven’t exactly kept you up at night, but geologists have been wondering about them for a long time.

They know that the rocks in the mountains of North Jersey’s Highlands, remnants of ancient Appalachian Mountains that at one time rivaled the Rockies in might, are the oldest in New Jersey. They also accept that these rocks are about a billion years old. But they never knew precisely how old — until now.

The New Jersey Geological Survey, within the Department of Environmental Protection, teamed up with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Australian National University in a project funded by private grants to provide the most precise dating ever of New Jersey’s oldest rocks.

Ringwood and West Milford, NJ Should Test for Radon

Ringwood and West Milford Should Test for Radon, Said County Officials

Ringwood and West Milford residents will get first dibs on a free test kit to determine whether their homes are at elevated risks for radon gas.

The Passaic County Department of Health has teamed up with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Bureau in a special radon awareness program to promote testing for radon in homes. With the Radon Awareness Program, the DEP provides outreach assistance to endorse household radon testing.

"Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon," said Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy, a West Milford resident, in a press release from Passaic County. "Radon testing is easy and problems can be fixed."

N.J., Pa. Weigh How Much to Regulate Deadly Radon

When it comes to carcinogens that industrial plants dump into the water, the government generally takes a hard line on levels of public exposure.

But public health officials accept far greater risk with the naturally occurring radioactive substance radon, which enters homes from the ground and underground aquifers through basements and water pipes.

The radioactive gas, the dangers of which have been known for decades, is so prevalent in nature that getting to the standard risk level would be nearly impossible.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania are among a number of states plentiful in radon. For more than a decade, state and federal governments have held off in regulating how much of the gas should be allowed in drinking water. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is analyzing data as it considers its next step.

NJ Considers New Standards for Radon in Drinking Water; Some in Morris Would Flunk

More than a dozen public and community water systems in the Morris County region contain radon at levels higher than what a state environmental committee has recommended is safe.

But 18 months after the radon subcommittee of the Drinking Water Quality Institute suggested a standard for water systems, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection still has not put any regulations in place to limit the amount of the cancer-causing gas in water.

"Right now, the only thing they tell you to do is stand back from the water when you turn it on in the morning,'' said Jeff Tittel, head of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club. "They should have put together a standard decades ago.''
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas prevalent in the Highlands region, part of the Reading Prong geological area, due to the uranium-rich rock. Radon is released when uranium decays.

Passaic County Department of Health Initiates Radon Awareness Program

Test kits available for West Milford, Ringwood residents

Paterson — The Passaic County Freeholders announced today that Passaic County Department of Health will cooperate with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Radon Bureau in a special radon awareness program to promote testing for radon in homes.

In its program, the NJDEP Radon Bureau provides outreach assistance to promote radon testing in homes.

“Passaic County is pleased to cooperate with the NJDEP in this program to ensure that our residents are aware of the need to test their homes and reduce radon levels where necessary,” said Freeholder and West Milford resident Terry Duffy. “Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Radon testing is easy and problems can be fixed.”