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Kimberly Stokes

EPA Working to Make Public Aware of Radon Risk in Homes

DALLAS -- When she first settled into her Dallas home six years ago, Kimberly Stokes asked if she should test for radon.

She said she was told she didn't need to worry about it.

That’s a starkly different answer than the one you get from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which estimates that radon kills as many as 20,000 Americans each year through lung cancer.

“Never smoked a day in their life, got lung cancer and, unfortunately, died because of that,” said George Brozowski, the EPA’s regional radon coordinator in Dallas.

The EPA has been trying to educate the public with a radon campaign, with commercials that warn viewers that radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Despite the effort, many are still unaware of the risk.