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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Radon is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
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.
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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.
When employee complaints of high radon levels in basement office areas at Western Carolina University were reported to Jon Maddy, the University’s Director of Safety and Risk Management, action needed to be taken immediately. Although there had been no original testing of these areas, an employee expressed concern that workers were being exposed to a high level of radon. Consequently, Maddy brought an innovative idea to Dr. Tracy Zontek, an Environmental Health professor at the University. A research study was proposed in which students were given the opportunity to test University buildings. Also, the school invited Catherine Rosfjord from the North Carolina Radon Program to complete a workshop on testing large buildings. Staff from the Jackson County Health Department attended this event as well.