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"HomeView: Purging Homes of a Silent Killer", Ontario Lung Association, July 17, 2014, Northumberland Review

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 17, 2014) - Exposure to colourless, odourless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. That is why the Ontario Lung Association is urging MPPs from all parties to support Bill 11, The Radon Awareness and Prevention Act 2014, when it arrives in the legislature for second reading today.

Read the full article here: http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=29787

Radon Bill Passes Senate, Will Be Put Into Action

A bill inspired by a KSL investigation made it through the Senate Thursday evening, the last night of the legislative session, and will soon be put into action.

SCR11 is a resolution taking aim at Utah's radon gas problem. It the first action Utah has taken on the issue, despite over two decades of warnings.

However, the resolution is not a law; it's a request asking homeowners to test for radon, realtors to educate and government agencies to give time and money to the cause. It also designates January 2014 as Utah State Radon Action Month. In short, the resolution is more about education than mandates.

Kentucky HB 247 for Radon Licensure Passes

Kentucky HB 247 for Licensure of Radon Contractors made it through its 3rd reading and passed 37-0 on March 2nd. Language in the bill was changed as it went through the House and Senate. More details on how this bill will affect the State Program and Radon Professionals will follow in the next couple of weeks.

To read more about this bill, visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11RS/HB247.htm.

Radon Exposure Help Sought

Harrisburg, Ill. —

State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) is sponsoring legislation that will help ensure healthier radon-free living standards for renters here in the state of Illinois.

"I feel that it is very important that those who choose to rent here in Illinois are covered by safeguards much like this, so tenants will not have to worry about their health and complications that could arise as a result of renting an apartment or house that might be contaminated with radon," said Phelps.

"This measure is not about requiring more regulations and standards to burden landlords, but more importantly, it is about the safety this measure will provide for both parties involved when they enter any lease agreement."

Illinois Lawmaker Advances Proposal to Increase Radon Awareness

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Reitz advances proposal to increase radon awareness

RANDOLPH COUNTY, IL -
Last week, state Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Steeleville) passed legislation through the House Environmental Health Committee to raise awareness of radon and increase reporting of radon between landlords and tenants.

House Bill 5224 would require a landlord to disclose to each tenant any information about any prior radon testing or mitigation. Furthermore, if a tenant chooses to have their unit tested for radon and hazardous levels are found to be present, they must inform the landlord within ten days of the results. The landlord would then be required to have mitigation performed on the unit or allow the tenant to terminate the lease.

Illinois - House Bill 5224 Tenants Radon Protection Update

HB 5224 was voted out of the Environmental Health Committee February 25, 2010 by a vote of 013-000-000.

The bill is now scheduled for second reading and short debate in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Details of the bill can be seen by entering hb5224 in the bill search box at http://www.ilga.gov/.

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Oregon House Passes Radon Bill

The Oregon House passed a bill Monday that requires all new buildings in the state be Radon resistant.

Radon is a natural, radioactive gas that seeps up from the ground. In small amounts, it's not considered dangerous. But one of every 15 homes in Oregon has elevated levels where the gas collects in basements and lower rooms. Phil Donovan is with the American Lung Association of Oregon.
Phil Donovan: "Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Oregon. And it can be easily prevented in homes. And so the state of Oregon is going to make sure that new residential homes and new public buildings are radon resistant. And they're going to provide information to home buyers so they're aware of the dangers of radon in buying an existing home."

The bill has already passed the senate. Governor Kulongoski has not said if he'll sign it, but state agencies are supportive.

Families can test their homes with a $15 send-away kit.

Radon warnings required under bill (Oregon)

Legislation that will help reduce the risk of radon exposure for home buyers passed the Oregon Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 1025 moved to the House on a 24-6 vote. It requires both radon-resistant construction standards for new homes and public buildings in areas with higher radon levels and notification for all home buyers about the health risks associated with radon.

New Federal Legislation Introduced

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On September 29, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Research, Hazard Intervention, and National Outreach for Healthier Housing Act (S.3654). Among other provisions, the bill would create new Health Hazard Reduction Grant program in HUD to address home health and safety hazards, including radon testing and mitigation. The grants would be authorized at $10 million a year.

The legislation isn't likely to be considered this session, but could be reintroduced next year.

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