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Minnesota Radon Awareness Act

Minnesota home buyers/sellers - radon test results to be disclosed

All real estate transactions in Minnesota must add one more disclosure to the list – a radon test and results must be performed. Under the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act, a new law pushed through the 2013 Legislature, disclosure of a test for the existence of radon and results must be available. But wait, there’s more. Sellers who do a radon test, and the test reveals the existence of radon, must also disclose possible remedies.

“Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home,” according to the Environmental Protection

Radon Bill Passes in State Legislature

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill designed to increase awareness of radon for people buying a home in Minnesota has passed the state legislature.

The bill's author, State Representative Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights tells KARE 11 the house passed the bill late last week. The bill is expected to be signed into to law by Governor Mark Dayton this week.

The bill, also known as the Radon Awareness Act, requires sellers to provide information to buyers about any history of radon testing and mitigation in the home, along with literature explaining the dangers of radon.

In a recent KARE 11 Extra, health experts claimed radon gas caused about 700 deaths a year in Minnesota and 21,000 nationwide. They believe it is the second leading death of lung cancer in the United States and the highest among non-smokers.

Make Radon Testing Part of Real Estate Transactions

An estimated one in three Minnesota homes harbors high levels of radon. However, testing for the radioactive gas before buying or selling a home can lead to reduced health risks, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, with more than 21,000 deaths attributable to radon each year. It is the greatest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Yet radon exposure is largely preventable.

MDH estimates that one in three Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a considerable health risk of lung cancer over many years of exposure. Homes with high radon levels are fixable, but first they must be tested. MDH is highlighting radon testing during National Public Health Week, April 1 through 7.

Testing for radon during the sale of a home is an opportune time: