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  • High Radon Levels Found in Illinois Schools

    Last month, NBC’s Channel 5 in Chicago published a report about a pilot radon testing program started in Illinois back in January. So far only a little more than 40 schools have applied for testing, but roughly 70% have been found with elevated levels of radon according to the report. Also last month, KWQC News 6 in Iowa broadcast a report about radon in schools in that state. It ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • School Kids Warn About Dangers of Radon

    Six middle school children received kudos from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the acting U.S. Surgeon General for their efforts raise awareness on radon. Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, causes lung cancer and kills about 20,000 Americans each year. The only way to know if your home contains high radon levels is to test for it. The poster contest, for children ages 9 - 14, is ...

  • National Radon Action Month: What You Need to Know

    January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are many risks that come from radon, and this consumer information month is designed to inform homeowners, businesses, and schools about ways they can protect themselves. One of the reasons why radon is dangerous is because it can’t be seen or smelled – even though it may ...


    By EHS Insight

  • Are Puerto Rico’s Schools and Universities Safe from High Radon Levels?

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, most areas of Puerto Rico have geologic radon potential ranging from low to moderate. However, several areas have the geologic potential to generate locally high indoor radon levels if building conditions are favorable for the entry and accumulation of radon. Buildings with the potential for high radon levels can include not just homes and businesses, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • High Radon Levels Found in 1 in 5 Schools, More Testing Advised

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. EPA estimates that more than seventy thousand ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • A Risk You Can Fix: Protect Your Family’s Health by Testing Your Home for Radon Gas

    As Americans across the country look for ways to improve their health this New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highlighting radon testing and mitigation as a simple and affordable step to significantly reduce the risk for lung cancer. Radon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but testing for radon and ...

  • Many Ohio Schools Don’t Check for Radon in a State Known for High Radon Levels

    Recently, WKYC broadcast a report about radon levels in Ohio Schools. Even though most of Ohio is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Zone 1 area, few schools perform radon testing. A Zone 1 area is described as having the highest potential for a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L. A small percentage of counties in Ohio that are ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer

    (Washington, D.C.) Each year, nearly 20,000 people die from lung cancer caused by exposure to radon. A common source of exposure to radon that can be avoided is exposure in the home, yet only one in five homeowners has actually tested for radon. January is National Radon Action Month and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to test their homes.  'Healthy homes make for ...

  • Few Tenants in Puerto Rico Know if Radon is an Indoor Concern for Them

    Throughout Puerto Rico and in most parts of the United States, the millions of people that rent or lease their home or business property have no idea if they are being exposed to high levels of radon. Many tenants are under the assumption that landlords or property management companies are required to test their rental property for radon, but this is rarely the case. For most tenants, there are ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA and Partners Announce National Plan to Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths Due to Radon Exposure

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Lung Association, and other partners are announcing a strategy for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 through radon exposure reduction strategies. Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The goal to save these lives will be achieved by reducing high radon levels in ...

  • Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded of Indoor Exposure Risks during National Radon Action Month

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, several areas in Puerto Rico have the geologic potential to generate locally high indoor radon levels if housing conditions are favorable for the entry and accumulation of radon. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in homes and buildings all over the United States and in many places across the Caribbean. It comes from the natural ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians that January is National Radon Action Month

    January is National Radon Action Month, marking a time of increased public awareness for this serious health hazard. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can seep into homes through cracks in basements and foundations, and can build up inside to concentrations many times the recommended level. "Radon is the ...

  • National Radon Action Month Highlights Dangers due to Radon

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month. As a leading provider of radon test kits and radon analysis, EMSL Analytical supports this important public awareness campaign meant to protect Americans from this invisible cancer causing public health threat. According to the EPA radon website, “You can’t see, smell, or taste ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA recognizes national radon action month: test for radon gas to protect health

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging Americans this January, as part of National Radon Action Month, to take simple and affordable steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas. Radon, a colorless odorless gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon can seep into a home from underground and if left to accumulate, high levels of radon can ...

  • January is Designated National Radon Action Month by the EPA

    EMSL Analytical offers radon test kits and analysis to protect people from the invisible killer. Cinnaminson, NJ, January 18th, 2011 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month. As a leading provider of radon test kits and radon analysis, EMSL Analytical supports this important public awareness campaign. According to the EPA radon ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HPA Introduces Target Level for `Killer Gas`

    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has introduced what it calls a new "Target Level" of 100 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq m-3) for radon levels in the home. This Target Level is in addition to the current Action Level of 200 Bq m-3 which provides that where indoor levels are found to be above 200 Bq m3, action should be taken to reduce the level. It applies to all homes and should be applied to ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • EPA joins global call-to-action on radon cancer dangers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining the World Health Organization’s first global call-to-action on cancer risk from radon in homes. EPA is the U.S. representative in this initiative. Radon inhalation accounts for up to 14 percent of lung cancers worldwide, and is the world’s second-leading risk of lung cancer, next to smoking. The WHO initiative is reflected in its guidance ...

  • January is national radon action month: test for dangerous radon gas

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is encouraging people to take simple and affordable steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas as part of National Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It causes no immediate symptoms but is the number one cause ...

  • National Healthy Homes Month and the Importance of Indoor Environmental Quality for Residents of Puerto Rico

    June has been recognized as National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) ever since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began the month of recognition back in 2016. NHHM offers an opportunity for Americans to learn about the role healthy homes play in people’s lives. To spread awareness of the importance of healthy homes, a number of government agencies have developed ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Radon conference scheduled march 9 in Columbia, MO.

    EPA representatives and state officials will host a radon conference on March 9 in Columbia, Mo. Radon is a serious public health threat that leads to more than 21,000 deaths per year. The goal of the conference is to engage key stakeholders in the radon program, share information, receive feedback and help direct the next phases of the program. Agencies are working together to create a risk ...

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