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Officials: Threat of Radon High in State

There are a number of concerns when buying or owning a home, but the state Department of Environmental Protection is hoping homeowners pay attention to a specific odorless and radioactive gas -- radon.

Bob Lewis, the program manager for DEP’s Radon Division, finds that most people don’t really think of radon, even though Pennsylvania residents should worry about the levels in their home.

“Pennsylvania could be one of the worst states in the country,” Lewis said. “There’s a handful of states that show high levels of radon, and we’re up there. I think about 49 of the 67 counties in the state are EPA zoned 1 counties. It’s just a characteristic of our geography. It’s easy for gas to migrate through the ground.”

Local Artist Warns About the Dangers of Radon

View this news segment: https://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/2012/01/31/local-artist-warns-about-the-dangers-of-radon/

Even though today is officially the last day of National Radon Action Month, unhealthy levels of radon in households across the U.S. is an especially serious issue during cold winter months, when windows and doors are kept closed. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck caught up with NYC resident and LaGuardia high school student Laura Dabalsa, the first place winner in the EPA and Kansas State University’s national Radon Poster Contest.

Radon, the Silent Killer

Radon, the Silent Killer

Joanne Cooper has always been concerned about living in a healthy environment.

She eats organic food, is careful about what products she uses around the house, and wants to make sure she is drinking safe water.

That’s why Cooper sprung into action when she and her husband Art discovered in 2009 that an unsafe level of radon gas had built up in their basement.

“You always think – it’ll happen somewhere else. Maybe to others but not to me,” she said from her Orleans home that she has lived in year round for 20 years.

But what exactly is radon gas and why is it harmful?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon gas is “an extremely toxic colorless and odorless gas,” emitted from the natural decay of uranium in soil and rock. Because radon is a carcinogen, it causes up to 21,000 deaths a year in the U.S. Lung cancer from radon is second to only cigarette smoking for causes of lung cancer and most often, people have never heard of it.

The Hidden Cause of Lung Cancer

Many of you know of someone who developed lung cancer even though they never smoked. Likewise, many of us know of someone who had lung cancer even though they smoked much less than others who didn't develop the disease.

Why?

One of the reasons is radon.

You don't have to be a miner to be exposed to radon. In fact, the second leading cause of lung cancer - and the leading cause in non-smokers - is exposure to radon in the comfort of our own homes.

And we are all at risk.

Radon doesn't discriminate based on the value or age of your home. Radon gas comes from the normal decay of uranium beneath our homes.

Radon doesn't necessarily discriminate based on where you live. While some areas have higher radon levels than others, elevated radon levels have been found in homes in all 50 states.

Why do I call radon a hidden cause?

Radon: A Serious Consideration in Your Home

A dangerous gas called radon could be a serious threat to your home.

Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and it's responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. That's more fatalities than those caused from drunk driving.

News 5's Dara Newson spoke with Energy Pioneer Solutions today on what they're trying to do to keep homes in and around Hastings safe.

Watch the video here: http://www.khastv.com/news/local/Radon-PKG-140258063.html

High levels of radon have been found in over 50 percent of Nebraska homes. When News 5 spoke with Kevin Burlew, the Project manager for Energy Pioneer, he said their recommending that all homes in Hastings and surrounding areas receive a radon measurement.

You can't see, smell or taste it. But, at any given time this lurking odorless gas could seep right through the cracks, holes or leaks in basements of your home.

Radon Awareness Week: Protecting Your Home From A Silent Killer

Time.com "Moneyland" Blog by Alison Rogers

In case you didn’t know, it’s Radon Awareness Week — which is no World Environment Day, true, but is gaining ground.

In honor of this momentous quasi-occasion, here’s a primer on the dangers of exposure to radon and how to protect yourself and your family.

Radon is a radioactive gas, a byproduct of uranium decay, that becomes dangerous when it builds up in your home. Despite scary headlines about granite countertops giving off radon – The New York Times once asked, “What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?” — the greatest risk by far is emissions from the soil underneath your house coming up into the house itself. There is a high likelihood of radon in Iowa and in the Appalachian Mountains, due to the geology of those areas, but it can occur in any of the 50 states. (Click here for the EPA’s map of radon zones).

Radon's Hidden Dangers

When the home they were selling tested higher than the EPA safe limit level on radon, Jacqueline and Jeffrey Spinks of Boylston said they would fix the problem.

A test on the Spinks’ 20-year-old Colonial-style house in June had shown a reading of 6.5 picocuries per liter, which had increased from the 3.9 pCi/L they had measured when they bought the house four years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency safe limit level is 4 pCi/L.

The Spinks were willing to mitigate the radon, but their buyers backed out.

They installed a system with Eagle Environmental, a certified radon mitigation firm in West Boylston, which brought the radon concentration down to 0.4 pCi/L, but the buyers “didn’t want to take a chance,” Mrs. Spinks said.

“Everybody knows if you have a house in Massachusetts, you’re going to have a radon level,” Mrs. Spinks said.

Radon exposure and baseline testing

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hello,

I recently received a call from a concerned citizen about radon exposure and any baseline testing she should discuss with her doctor as a result of the exposure. I relayed the Physicians Guide, but it doesn't really talk about testing, scans or monitoring if one was exposed to radon gas. Is there any additional literature that I could forward to her?

~Michelle Moyer

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2011 International Radon Symposium Registration

2011 International Radon Symposium Registration

Online Registration Is Now Available for the 2011 International Radon Symposium, Save these Dates: October 16-19, 2011 for the Hilton Orlando Resort - Beuna Vista, Florida -- Network with Professional Radon Colleagues; Fulfill Your C.E. Requirements at the Hilton Orlando In Buena Vista (Orlando) Florida. Register now for what promises to be a fun and empowering event right across the Street from Disney World Downtown Orlando!

Hotel Accommodations: Make this a Destination Vacation Too!
This year, you can come early to the Hotel and Stay late for the same Symposium discounted rate but please register for your hotel EARLY.

Important Dates to Note:

September 15, 2011 - Deadline for Early Bird Symposium Registration Discount

Radon and loan qualification

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To all:

Was wondering if anyone has ran across any situations where the lender has made it mandatory for the radon ( after a radon test has been done ) to be at a certain level?

I am working with a realtor on a job where she stated that the loan originator ( from the Chicago area ) has noted that they will not guarantee the loan or give a interest rate lock until a radon system is installed in the house in question and provide a test where the radon level is at 2.0 pCi/L or lower.

The realtor is speculating that this lender ( and more lenders to come in the near future ) is going to make this more of a reality on loans in general due to the existing market conditions. Any thoughts?

Jim Medley
Radon Systems 4U LLC

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