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Radon in New Minnesota Homes

Starting in 2009, the Minnesota State Building Code adopted Appendix F of the International Residential Code. Since then, all new homes built to the standards of the Minnesota State Building Code have been built with at least a passive radon mitigation system, or in some cases, an active system. This was done to help deal with high levels of radon in Minnesota; approximately 40% of homes in Minnesota have elevated levels of radon gas.

State Rep. Mike Shirkey, DEQ Hosting Radon Awareness Events

State Rep. Mike Shirkey, DEQ Hosting Radon Awareness Events

There are nine counties in the state with elevated indoor radon levels and Jackson County is one of them.

As a result, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and state Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, are hosting two radon awareness town hall events in an effort to educate residents on the dangers of elevated levels.

The first town hall meeting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Super 8 in Brooklyn, 419 S. Main St. The second meeting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Blackman Charter Township Hall, 1990 W. Parnall Road.

Radon is a Class A carcinogen, meaning it has been known to cause cancer in humans. It is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that originates from natural uranium found in soil and rock.

"Radon can't be seen or smelled, so it's important to take the necessary steps to find out if elevated levels exist in your home,” Shirkey said.

Mitigation Reduces Radon Gas in Dodge County Courthouse

Several months ago, Dodge County staff members discovered that some rooms in the old courthouse basement tested positive for radon gas.

There are no standards for the allowable amount of the toxic gas for non-residential buildings in Minnesota, but county commissioners decided to proceed using the strict limits required for residences. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigation if more than 4 picocuries are recorded during radon testing in homes.

(A picocurie is a unit for measuring radioactivity equal to one trillionth of a curie. The curie is based on the observed decay rate of about one gram of radium.)

Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Kane Group Named Radon Awareness Award Winner

The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has been recognized with two awards for its efforts in raising awareness of the dangers of radon.

The Award of Merit from the Illinois Public Health Association given from making a major significance to the public health movement. The Excellence in Radon Award comes from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for education and outreach efforts about radon risks and prevention, according to a press release from the county health department.

High levels of radon – which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas — have been found in more than 40 percent of homes tested in Illinois. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the nation. For non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer.

Activities of the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition that earned the awards included:

EPA: 4 Bay Area Counties Have Increased Levels of Radon Exposure, One of Top Lung Cancer Causes

AARST Foundation Formed to Further Radon Risk Reduction

AARST Foundation Formed to Further Radon Risk Reduction

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists is pleased to announce the establishment of a charitable non-profit, AARST Foundation, and to announce that the new organization has recently received approval from the Internal Revenue Service to operate under a 501 c 3 tax exempt status that allows contributions to the foundation tax deductible.

AARST Foundation was created exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

More Testing Homes For Dangerous Radon

Second-hand smoke is often linked to lung cancer. But across the country, more cases and deaths are tied to having elevated levels of radon gas in homes.

"Radon is a component of indoor air quality and over the last few years, it is more prevalent. People are looking into it more and getting their homes checked," Mike Austad of Dakota Radon Mitigation said.

Austad says getting your home tested will cost between $40 and $125. Most tests are done while a house is for sale.

"I've heard the number that eight out of ten or nine out of ten homes in our area have radon levels that are above what the E.P.A. recommends," Lee Johnson of HJN Team said.

Lexington Woman Battling Cancer Warns Others About Radon

WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST

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.

Prevent Radon Health Risk

National Radon Action Week runs Sunday to Oct. 20, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program would like to remind Nevadans to test their homes for radon, as 26 percent of the homes tested for radon in the state had elevated radon levels. Because radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no odor, color or taste, many people are unaware that the gas could be in their home. Elevated levels of radon in buildings is a health risk, as it is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 21,000 people in the U.S. die each year from lung cancer caused by radon exposure.

Radon Gas in U.S. Classrooms

Radon Gas in U.S. Classrooms

Health officials warn that thousands of the nation's classrooms are filled with high levels of radioactive radon gas. Chronic exposure could lead to lung cancer, but many school districts aren't doing anything about it.

Watch a video of Dr. David Sanderson, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and learn more about radon.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29, 2012 — Imagine your child is smoking a half a pack of cigarettes per day at school. Inhaling radon, even at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level, the level at which it recommends schools take action to mitigate radon exposure, yields just about the same result as that half-pack-a-day habit. That’s what radon expert Bill Field told the Today show in a new investigative report.