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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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Indoor radon: What you need to know about this deadly poison

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas could be in your home causing serious health problems for you and your family.

Believe it or not, the EPA has ranked indoor radon as among the most serious environmental health issues today. With stakes that high, it’s time to learn more. Erlend Bolle, CTO of Airthings, manufacturer of quality radon detectors, shares the following facts.

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Experts Stress Radon Gas Awareness

Andrew Gilbert wants Minnesotans to test for radon.

A colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that comes from soil, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

“We need to stress that this is a persistent health risk in Minnesota,” said Gilbert, a radon program specialist at the MDH.

Minnesota and several other states require homes to have working carbon monoxide detectors, but most states don’t mandate radon testing.

“Ironically, the risk from dying from radon that you are exposed to in the home is about 70 times greater than dying from carbon monoxide exposure in the home,” said Bill Angell, a University of Minnesota professor who has studied indoor air quality and radon extensively.

The MDH estimates one in three Minnesota homes has radon levels that pose a severe health risk for people over many years of exposure, and experts say testing is needed.

Throop Borough Plans Special Meeting on Gas-drilling Waste

Thomas Lukasewicz has sent out 130 letters in an attempt to spread word about the special town-hall meeting on natural gas drilling waste that the borough will hold next month.

The letters the Throop Borough Council president sent were to various government officials and specialized doctors, as well as to every school district, municipality, borough and township in Lackawanna County in hopes of packing the Throop Civic Center on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 6:30, with individuals who can voice their concerns, as well as listen to Mr. Lukasewicz's, regarding Marcellus Shale drilling waste being dumped in the Keystone Sanitary Landfill.

Mr. Lukasewicz said his major concern is the possibility of long-term air contamination in the form of radon gas from drilling waste affecting the health of not only the 4,100 residents of Throop, but the entire state.