Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas
Benjamin Wolfgang and his sister, Sage, are thrilled to play in their basement again. And their mother, Dawn, is breathing easier knowing that Rutgers helped install a system to remove radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer – from their home.
“As soon as the workers left, both our children ran downstairs and danced around their former playroom singing, ‘They fixed the poison gas! They fixed the poison gas!’’’ Dawn Wolfgang said. “I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.’’
As part of a three-year project, the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers has helped install mitigation systems to protect low-income families from radon, a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Click the link below to read the inspirational story of activist Linda D’Agostino from the latest issue of Radon Reporter, published by AARST. Learn how Linda and others helped plan very successful media outreach in Pennsylvania.
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Household and workplace chemicals might contribute to a larger percentage of cancer deaths than previously thought, according to a presidential panel.
The air is now clear at two East Boulevard condo buildings after a more than $1 million fix to deal with high levels of radon.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Residents of the Condominiums at Latta Pavilion, 1320 Fillmore Ave. in Charlotte, have solved a challenging radon problem with the help of national experts and a $700,000 investment in a new ventilation system.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is found throughout the world. In many homes radon levels become elevated. Radon can be as carcinogenic as second-hand smoke if it is concentrated. The EPA recommends everyone test the radon levels in their home.
How scientists can monitor radon gas emissions
Radon can give a clue to earthquake activity – but how does Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani measure the radioactive gas?
Radon is a radioactive gas, with no colour or smell. It is slightly heavier than air, chemically inert, and is made – after stages of decay and mutation – from uranium. Radon diffuses out of the earth in small, variable quantities all the time, but these can increase when reductions in pressure allow radon (or fluids carrying it in solution) to escape to the surface. Such pressure drops can accompany – or precede – the shearing of rocks in an earthquake.
Students in Chatham, IL are putting their creativity to the test.
Glenwood High School students are competing in a radon awareness contest. They submitted five videos to the American Lung Association. It's to show the public about health hazards associated with radioactive gas.
Students used everything from digital editing systems to green screens to create their projects. Glenwood High School offers its students a comprehensive broadcasting program. One that has grown in recent years.
"Even when I started here sophomore year we didn't have near this much equipment. We had four computers to edit on now we have like 20 or so to use. It's really nice cause I'm looking to go into this field and so any experience I can get before entering college is really helpful," say senior Scott Vennell.