Radon In The News:
January 8, 2020
WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Radon kills about 21,000 Americans every year and the Environmental Protection Agency is making awareness a top priority in January.
Radon is radioactive gas often found in soil, rocks, and ground water. You can't see, smell or taste it, but exposure to the gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
In Wausau, over 65% of homes test higher than threshold of 4.0 pC/l establish by the EPA.
But numbers can vary drastically from house to house.
"There has been several in 200's and then right next door to one those it was 0.9 so you never know what your going to be," said Thomas DeSautel, President of The Radon Man of Wisconsin.
Radon enters the home, especially during the winter months, by heat rising in the home pulling the gas from the beneath the home.
"Therefore it could suck this radioactive atom in to your house… By sucking below the concrete with greater pressure than whats applied above the concrete, you can stop it from ever coming in," said DeSautel.
January 22, 2018 - Fox6 News - ‘You can’t see it, smell it, taste it,’ but it can cause cancer: How to protect your family from radon
January 6, 2017 - State of Wisconsin - Governor Scott Walker proclaims January 2017 as "Radon Action Month".
January 5, 2017 - Duluth News Tribune - ....a blessing of the recent subzero weather... "it's a great day to test because your house is not going to be open" said the Missions Director of the American Lung Association, Upper Midwest Region...
January 27, 2016 - USA Today - Wisconsin - A review of radon tests in Fond du Lac County by the University of Wisconsin-Extension indicates that 11 municipalities have ratings at or above the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit.
In Fond du Lac, the average radon level, based on 346 tests since 2007, is slightly above what the EPA suggests is optimum, but lower than the level the EPA would be overly concerned about.
Radon is an odorless and invisible gas that comes from radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is a natural phenomenon. The gas seeps into buildings, especially in basements and ground-level rooms. Once indoors, radon can accumulate.
The U.S. Surgeon General says radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America.
Experts at UW-Extension tracked radon levels in the state by zip code for nine years and averaged the ratings. Residents with a rating of 2 pico Curies per liter need to reduce their radon exposure by correcting the home’s ventilation, said Diana Hammer Tscheschlok, a natural resources educator at UW-Extension. When the rating is 4 or more, the EPA strongly recommends taking action to reduce the radon.
Radon Test Disclosure Law - As of Jan. 1, 2014 all home sellers in MN will be required at the time of offer signing, to disclose whether a radon test has been performed on the offered home. The new law is expected to give all prospective buyers the opportunity to obtain past test results or to test for high radon levels themselves.
Washington D.C. - HUD announces that all FHA insured multi-family homes will now require radon testing & mitigation. Approximately 21,000 US citizens die annually from cancer caused by radon gas.
CBS58 News - Featured story about Radon gas lung cancer victim Elizabeth Hoffmann
"New American Cancer Survivor Study, Radon Gas and Lung Cancer Death Study just released
More info. at EPA.gov/radon