The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) has released a Position Statement on Granite Countertops and Radon Gas. The Statement is available here.
Kevin and Maureen Joy were the first to discover the high levels of dangerous radon in their home, built by Richmond American Homes of West Virginia.
Now, they're among 152 West Virginia residents suing Richmond American and its parent company, Denver-based MDC Holdings Inc., claiming the companies failed to install functioning radon-removal systems in their homes.
In May, 66 people sued the company in a Jefferson County, W.Va., court, and 86 more plan to file suit today, according to their lawyer.
Representatives from MDC, the 10th-largest homebuilder in the country, declined to comment. The company sold 8,195 homes in 2007, according to BuilderOnline.
US EPA Presents Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign Poster at CRCPD's 40th National Conference on Radiation Control
The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) held its 40th National Conference on Radiation Control in Greensboro, North Carolina from May 19-22, 2008. The US EPA presented a poster at the Conference on the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign, a Campaign run in partnership between AARST, CRCPD, and US EPA.
The 18th National Radon Training Conference and 2008 International Radon Symposium were held in Las Vegas, Nevada this year from September 14-17. Highlights from the joint sessions include:
- Keynote by Rich Guimond, Rear Admiral, US Public Health Service (retired), Current Vice President, Carrier Corporation, on the founding of the Radon Program and the path ahead.
- Launch of the RadonLeaders.org web portal by CRCPD, AARST, and EPA leadership.
- New partnerships making progress on RRNC.
The agendas from both national meetings are available here.
It's easy to pretend that radon doesn't exist because we can't see it, taste it or smell it. To many homeowners, it's "something that other people have to worry about," and they think, "How bad can it really be?"
Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Web site, radon exposure is second only to smoking for causing lung cancer. And because it's a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the result of uranium decay found in nearly all soils, trapping it in confined spaces can be detrimental to the inhabitants.
The gas moves through the ground and into the air. Most often, radon penetrates a home through cracks in walls and solid floors and other holes in the foundation, such as gaps around service pipes. It doesn't matter if a house is old or new, drafty or sealed. The gas gets trapped, and if the levels are concentrated enough, it can pose a health risk.
Marshall Loeb, former editor of the magazines Fortune and Money writes a Daily Money Tip feature for Dow Jones MarketWatch. On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Mr. Loeb's tip was to test for radon. Read the full article here.
EPA's Radon Video Contest ran from July 11 - August 25. Entrants were asked to create a video with the theme "Radon: Test, Fix, Save a Life". Over 30 entries were received. We will announce the winner on September 15 at the 2008 National Radon Training Meeting/International Radon Symposium. To see the submissions, visit http://www.youtube.com/group/RadonContest.
The Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign does recognize that there is radon emanated from granite counter tops, but there is not enough released to add any significant amount to your indoor air. We suggest you read the EPA FAQ about radon and radiation from granite counter tops.
For further questions contact your state radon program.