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Pueblo County

Homeowners Urged to Obtain a Free Radon Test Kit

National Radon Awareness Week kicks off Sunday and a local non-profit group is working to promote awareness about the radioactive gas which is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Officials with Citizens for Clean Air in Pueblo for Education, Research and Action said Thursday that the average radon level for homes they tested in a four-year program registered at 8.9 picocuries per liter. Radon gas is measured in picocuries, which represents the radioactivity associated with one gram of radium.

Kathy Howe-Kerr, with the nonprofit organization, said more than 70 percent of homes tested in Pueblo County during the Pueblo CAREs program had elevated levels at or above the Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 4.0 picocuries per liter.

"It's a big health issue and it's important because it's a long-term thing," said Larry Howe-Kerr, also with the organization.

Kathy Howe-Kerr said radon tests are simple and effective.