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High Levels of Radon in Portland, Oregon

A new study indicates a higher risk associated with radon in Portland Oregon. It shows one in four Portland homes have radon levels above the recommended EPA action level.

Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA – High Levels of Radon In Portland, Oregon

Radon in Portland Oregon homes has been an issue in the past. The problem has recently become a greater issue. Recent findings have shown the levels of radon are much greater.

Causes of radon in Portland Oregon

The level of radon in Portland Oregon homes has risen due to flooding. Uranium in the soil decays, and radon is released. Flooding has caused the severe increase because more radon has made it’s way into the water systems.

Homes are affected by radon in Portland Oregon

Drive to improve housing can bring unintended consequences

The UK is one of only a handful of countries that has put in place legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. How the country intends to go about meeting these targets is another matter entirely.

Until now, the government has seen improving the energy efficiency of millions of British homes as low hanging fruit that can provide easy emissions reductions. And housing is certainly a major contributor, generating 27% of the country’s total emissions.

Improving insulation, making homes airtight, and introducing smart energy meters are all part of the government’s plan. Huge sums of money are currently being invested on refurbishing properties, which while preferable to wholesale demolition, needs to be guided by well-rounded policies. The latest approach for funding these changes is through the Green Deal, a loan attached to a house paid back through its energy bills.

Our county at high risk for radon

La Plata County is one of 12 counties in the state to be upgraded to high risk for radon.

Radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in rocks and soil, is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of cancer overall in the United States.

Half the homes in Colorado test above the recommended mitigation level, Chrystine Kelley, manager of the radon program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said by telephone Monday.

In some areas, 60 to 70 percent of homes fall into that category, she said.

The danger lies in breathing what are called radon daughters – microscopic particles that bind with dust and smoke or collect on walls.

Prolonged exposure to radon causes 350 to 1,400 deaths in Colorado annually, said Wendy Rice with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office.

Radon risk now called 'high' in all 64 Colorado counties

All 64 Colorado counties are now considered high-risk for radon exposure, according to new information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Twelve counties, mostly in southern Colorado, that were previously considered "at moderate risk" for exposure to radon were upgraded to the "high-risk" category in the latest report.

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The CDPHE explains is occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in soil.

The high-risk categorization, called Zone I, means homes have an indoor average of more than four picocuries per liter of radon in the air. That is the level at which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and CDPHE recommend homeowners install mitigation equipment.

The counties upgraded to high risk in the latest report are: Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Eagle, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache and San Juan.

Cancer-causing substance found in Seoul subway stations

A total of 30 subway stations in the capital city of Seoul contained higher-than-allowed levels of cancer-causing substances over the last decade, the municipal government said Monday.

The city's regular checks between 1998 and 2004 found that the level of radon in 30 out of 285 stations in Seoul from Line No. 1 through 7, including Gwanghwamun Station in downtown Seoul, exceeded the standard, or 4 picocuries, at least one time, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

A picocurie is one trillionth of a curie, which is a standard measure for the intensity of radioactivity contained in a sample of radioactive material.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is chemically inert and naturally occurring, and is known as one of the main risks of ionizing radiation, causing tens of thousands of deaths from lung cancer each year globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Radon Levels Raise Concerns in Several NC Counties

January is National Radon Action Month. The gas, also known as the silent killer, is found in high concentrations in some parts of the Piedmont Triad.

According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S. and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.

Jen Hames, the health education supervisor at the Davidson County Health Department, explains why some parts of the state have higher concentrations of radon.

“Radon is a naturally occurring gas, but it is in the rocks and soil, and to some degree it may be in the ground water as well, so any part of the state that has a lot of rocky areas is going to have a higher level of radon. There are about 20 counties that are considered to have a higher level in the state and Davidson County is one of them,” says Hames.

Some of the highest levels of radon in the state can be found in Rockingham, Alleghany and Watauga counties.

Lexington Woman Battling Cancer Warns Others About Radon

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You can not see it, smell it, or taste it. Some say it's among the most dangerous things in our homes.

Radon contributes to over 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the country each year.

Now, Lois Turner Dees who's fighting the disease hopes to warn others about the potential threat.

"Today is the first anniversary of when I was diagnosed with stage four renal carcinoma," says Dee. "When you're first diagnosed with lung cancer, you're in shock."

What's even surprising is that Dees never been or lived with a smoker.

New Video Urges Physicians to Learn About, Relay Radon Risks

New Video Urges Physicians to Learn About, Relay Radon Risks

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Cancer Consortium (ICC) today announced the release of a new video intended to educate physicians on the dangers of radon and the link between the radioactive gas and lung cancer.

The video, Breathing Easier, is available at www.breathingeasier.info and asks physicians the simple question: “Do you know about radon?” Radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States. It is the number one cause of lung cancer among individuals who have never smoked, the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

Radon Exposure Risk Could be Greater than Expected, Effects Difficult to Measure

RENO — More than two decades after U.S. regulators first issued guidelines on radon infiltration into homes and buildings, the World Health Organization reports that the radon threat to human health is much more serious than previously known.

The news could be particularly significant to communities in the Sierra Nevada, rich with radon exposure from the presence of decomposing granite. Forty percent of the homes tested in South Lake Tahoe have elevated levels of radon, according to the California Department of Health Radon Database. That's at or above 4 picocuries per liter — the Environmental Protection Agency's “fix-it” standard for radon.

Two years ago, the WHO set a lower standard for fixing residential radon: 2.7 pCi/L, moving more homes into the danger zone.

Radon gas is linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year, second only to cigarette smoking, according to the EPA. It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers.

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.