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Braley Announces Renewal of Effort to End Radon in America’s Schools

Braley Announces Renewal of Effort to End Radon in America’s Schools

Des Moines, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today joined members of the American Cancer Society and the Iowa-based Radon Coalition at the Iowa State Capitol to announce the renewal of a legislative effort to end the threat of radon gas in America’s schools.

Last September, Braley introduced the End Radon in Schools Act, legislation that will protect students, teachers, and school employees from dangerous levels of radiation in schools. Braley will re-introduce the legislation in the US House on Tuesday morning – the first bill Braley will introduce in the newly convened 113th Congress.

Iowa Homes at Higher Risk for Elevated Radon Levels

Iowa Homes at Higher Risk for Elevated Radon Levels

It's silent. It's invisible. It sneaks into homes, often through basements, and kills hundreds of Iowans each year. But it's not some mythical predator; it's a gas.

As uranium deposits in the soil breakdown, they produce radon. When inhaled, particles of the colorless, odorless, tasteless gas continue their radioactive decay, which can cause lung cancer and other health problems.

January is National Radon Action Month.

William Field, a University of Iowa Public Health professor who specializes in radon, said the gas is the leading environmental cause of cancer death in the United States.

"Most homes are not built radon resistant," Field said. "It can move into the home through cracks in the foundation."

Dr. Joseph Merchant, an oncologist with the McFarland Clinic and Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, said he has no doubt that many non-smokers who develop lung cancer do so because of radon exposure.