RadonLeaders.org
Skip top navigation

minnesota building code

Radon a Risk in Minnesota Homes

Radon a Risk in Minnesota Homes

In a July 19 counterpoint (“Despite a Star Tribune story, radon is a diminishing risk”), Chad Kompelien, president of the Builders Association of Minnesota, claims that since 2009, some buyers of new Minnesota homes have had to pay for a passive radon control system they’ve never needed. There are serious shortcomings in this claim.

First, there are more U.S. homes with elevated indoor radon than any time in our history, because many new homes are sold each year with high radon concentrations. Unless builders install effective radon-control systems, they will continue to create a greater risk of radon-induced lung cancer for their customers.