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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 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Radon hotspots across the West

    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 3% to 14% of all lung cancers worldwide are caused by radon. Natural radon levels across the Western United States can vary considerably. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium. It also happens to be a colorless, odorless and chemically inert gas that cannot be detected by human senses. Long-term exposure to radon can ...


  • National radon action month

    Environmental Testing and Research Laboratories is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. In our community, ETR Labs is promoting awareness about the importance of testing during National Radon Action Month in January. ...


  • Home testing for radon in US

    During January, National Radon Action Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General urge Americans to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims tens of thousands of lives each year. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking in the U.S. and in the ...

  • 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 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • USGS Confirms the Presence of Potentially Harmful Levels of Radon in New England Groundwater

    Last month, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced that a new study has identified potentially harmful levels of naturally occurring arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese in some bedrock groundwater that supplies drinking water wells in New England. According to the USGS news release on the study, “The results highlight the importance of private well owners testing and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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

  • EPA Estimates that 1 in 5 Schools Have Elevated Radon Levels

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the danger of elevated radon levels is a serious threat.  In fact, the agency reported, “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 ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • EPA recommends radon testing in January

    January is national Radon Action Month and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon. January is an especially good time to test homes and schools because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors. Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading ...

  • Testing for Radon Recommended in all Properties

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 1 in 15 homes in the United States are believed to have elevated radon levels. The only way to know for sure is to have the home tested. Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that is believed to claim the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year.  According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HUD Announces Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation Policy. Mandatory Radon Testing Begins June 4, 2013

    - Radon gas is widely known as a leading cause of environmental lung cancer throughout the United States. For over 20 years the Environmental Protection Agency has been encouraging more regulation to mandate testing for radon gas and mitigating the problem when levels are 4 pCi/l or higher. Yesterday, key members of HUD, EPA, Surgeon General, ...

  • Where does Radon come from?

    According to the US EPA,  Radon comes from the decay of Uranium-238 as part of the decay chain. As the earth"s crust was formed, Uranium was distributed within it. Thus radon is a natually occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in rock, soil and water. Given the age of the earth, uranium"s slowly progressing decay chain now commonly produces radon-222. The ...


    By Global Plastic Sheeting

  • EPA recommends radon testing in January

    January is national Radon Action Month and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon. January is an especially good time to test homes and schools because windows and doors are closed tightly and people spend more time indoors. Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause ...

  • EPA recommends radon testing in January

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month, a perfect time for you to protect your family by testing your home for radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers, hardware stores and online. They cost ...

  • IndoorDoctor Recommends Radon Testing Every Two Years

    Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that can have very serious health effects. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer within the US. Radon levels fluctuate throughout the year, but often go undetected by homeowners, sometimes placing residents at risk without any detectable air quality changes. Environmental Engineer Jeffrey Bradley explains that it ...


    By Marketwire

  • Where did Radon gas come from?

    Did you know that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? Maybe that explains why so many who don"t smoke have lung cancer! If you smoke and have radon in your home, your odds are even worse for contracting lung cancer. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, yet it might be found in your home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) ...


    By Global Plastic Sheeting

  • Environmental Protection Agency Puts Radon under the Spotlight

    January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Radon is a major health concern in many parts of the United States and Canada.  According to the EPA, “You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among ...


    By IAQ Index

  • New Illinois Law Requires Radon Disclosure to Tenants

    A new law that went into effect on January 1st has caught many landlords off guard across Illinois.  An amendment to the Radon Awareness Act now requires landlords to inform renters about any radon testing that has taken place in their unit and what radon hazards may exist.  It also allows renters to request a radon test if it has not been tested in the past.   Radon is a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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