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Dangerous Radon Levels in 4,400 Hudson Valley Homes

Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is found in dangerous levels in homes across the Hudson Valley. An invisible threat, radon at a level above the EPA guideline was found in more than 4,000 homes tested in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties in October 2017, according to the New York Health Department.

For example, the state estimates that nearly half the home basements in Dutchess County have higher radon levels than the federal safety guideline, with about one in three homes in Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties so affected, based on short term tests taken in the basement of a home under closed house conditions. About 15-17 percent of home basements in Rockland and Westchester are above the guideline.

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Radon a Risk in Minnesota Homes

Radon a Risk in Minnesota Homes

In a July 19 counterpoint (“Despite a Star Tribune story, radon is a diminishing risk”), Chad Kompelien, president of the Builders Association of Minnesota, claims that since 2009, some buyers of new Minnesota homes have had to pay for a passive radon control system they’ve never needed. There are serious shortcomings in this claim.

First, there are more U.S. homes with elevated indoor radon than any time in our history, because many new homes are sold each year with high radon concentrations. Unless builders install effective radon-control systems, they will continue to create a greater risk of radon-induced lung cancer for their customers.

In Minnesota, Radon is a Diminishing Risk

Perspective means everything when analyzing whether a public health policy is successful or not. So, when it comes to protecting Minnesotans from radon, is the glass half empty or half full?

In “Radon fix leaves some at risk” (July 14), the Star Tribune took one side of a story and presented a gloom-and-doom analysis. We’d like to tell you why the Minnesota Department of Health should be celebrating a successful public-policy solution.

KARE 11 Investigation: Radon Test Results Above EPA Standards

Knox County Board Will Test Radon Levels Again

The Knox County Courthouse’s radon problem was a focal point of Wednesday’s County Board meeting, as board members weighed their options for relieving amounts of the hazardous gas from some areas of the courthouse.

In early June, it came to the county’s attention that some inhabited areas of the courthouse tested positive for radon, an odorless, tasteless gas that can cause lung cancer and other diseases. The report from the testing showed that radon in some areas exceeded 4 picocuries per liter, enough that the report suggested remediation.

New Radon Law Becomes Effective, Lombard Building Division to Require Permits

As part of a new State law that will take effect June 1, the Village of Lombard will require permits for installations of radon mitigation systems. Also as part of the new State law, all new construction will be required to install a passive (no power fan) radon mitigation system.

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Finding Radon Could Save Lives

Finding Radon Could Save Lives

The second-leading cause of lung cancer is something probably few know about and not enough homeowners test for.

The Minnesota Department of Health wants to change that. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January to be Radon Action Month in Minnesota.

“Radon is a persistent health threat in the state, and we try to call attention to it all year round,” said Andrew Gilbert, MDH radon outreach coordinator.

More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, and state health officials say every home should be tested.

“Radon is a radioactive gas that’s naturally occurring in the soil, so you can’t really see it, smell it or taste it, so that’s the danger: You don’t know it’s there unless you are testing for it,” he said. “It’s kind of out of sight, out of mind.”

Cancer risk

Radon is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Radon Testing Kits Available for Somerset County Residents

It's the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. What's even worse is that you may not even know you're being exposed. One in fifteen homes contain elevated levels of radon gas. That number is higher here in Central Wisconsin, making it even more important to test your homes.

The EPA recommends you test your home in winter. That's when levels are at their highest.

January 2013 is National Radon Action Month in U.S.A. | Take Action Against America's Leading Household Killer! SWAT Environmental is Saving Lives.

The Surgeon General of The United States is urging home and business owners to test for this deadly gas. Radon levels are typically higher in the winter months and the threat may be at its greatest in January. For this reason, Environmental Protection Agency is designating January 2013 as National Radon Month. For more information, contact S.W.A.T. Environmental at 1-800-NO-RADON.

Many people probably have barely even heard of radon; much less know it has earned its own awareness initiative, National Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas capable of unexpectedly leaking into your home. Each year, despite the attempts of concerned individuals during National Radon Month, radon claims the lives of thousands. It is the second leading source of fatal lung cancer because it results from natural causes and can ail literally any building. As such, the EPA has delegated January as National Radon Month.