Radon News

EPA, Geochemistry Researchers Affirm Granite's Safety
Some types of granite do emit radon gas, but studies have shown that the majority of stones tested generate either unmeasurable or insignificant emissions that are well below the levels requiring EPA-recommended remediation.... [Read More]

New Study Confirms Commonly Used Granite is Safe for Countertops
A new study of the most popular granites used for kitchen countertops in the United States concludes that granite is safe to use in kitchens. The study, designed to determine whether radon gas sometimes released by natural stone poses any health risk,... [Read More]

Plaintiffs Lawyers Have New Target: Radon-Emitting Granite Countertops
Plaintiffs lawyers are advertising on the Internet for clients whose granite countertops are emitting high levels of... [Read More]

New Comprehensive Scientific Review Shows Granite Countertops are Safe
The most comprehensive review of scientific data on radon emissions from granite countertops shows that contribution to indoor radon levels is well below EPA's guideline for action and even levels found in outdoor... [Read More]

Federal agencies start summit on healthy homes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using existing funds to develop a program, Indoor Air Package, that will give homes a seal of approval if they use certain building techniques to protect against radon, pests and... [Read More]

Cleaning Is First Step In Minimizing Hidden Home Threats
Orkin, Inc., a pest control company, has created a campaign to help educate individuals on how to protect themselves from threats in and around the home. One item included is conducting a home radon test. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless,... [Read More]

How important is variant gene as lung cancer cause?
Does a variant gene, common to half the people of European descent, cause lung cancer? Dr. Stephen Chanock, of the National Cancer Institute, said many variables lead to such diseases, and it is unrealistic to say that one gene can be pinpointed as... [Read More]

Health commissioner reminds New Yorkers to test homes for radon
As cigarette smoking continues to decline, state health officials are turning attention to another cause of lung cancer: radon. State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello issued a statement yesterday urging New Yorkers to test their homes for radon --... [Read More]

Radiation Concerns Return
Radiation Concerns Return While Collections Grow and Glow by Robert Kyle Radiation, an almost forgotten remnant from the Cold War, has returned to public consciousness as a weapon of terrorism and in potential nuclear bomb development from other... [Read More]

Clean the Air Inside Your Home
The American Lung Association recently released a statement expressing the need for concern over indoor air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's own reports affirm that indoor air often contains 2-5 times (and sometimes more) the... [Read More]

20 Years after Radon Abatement Act, Exposure Getting Worse
Nearly two decades after passage of the 1988 Indoor Radon Abatement Act (IRAA), exposure to indoor radon continues to grow. Efforts to reduce exposure through mitigation or building with radon-resistant new construction have not kept pace, according to a... [Read More]

Little Things Buyers Don't Ask For, But Should
When you're sitting right in the middle of a buyers market, or at least an equitable market (neither a buyer nor seller market), this is the time when buyers should start asking for the moon. If you don't ask, you'll never get what you... [Read More]

Alzheimer's & Parkinson's - Could the Cause be Radon?
In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease was 10 times greater than it was in the... [Read More]

Lung Cancer Claims Life of "Superman's" Widow
Dana Reeve died on Monday in New York at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in August. Reeve was a non-smoker. While it's not clear what caused her to get the disease, the American Lung Association says smoking or... [Read More]

RadonZone.com Announces Month Long Program to Contribute Money for Lung Cancer
Charles Pritt of RadonZone.com announced today that the company will contribute $3.00 to the American Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Fund for every order taken between March 15th and April 15th of this year. "In light of the unfortunate deaths of... [Read More]

Dealing with the dangers of radon gas
Unsure about whether your home has high levels of radon? It's time to find out if your house is among the estimated 1 in 15 with dangerous levels of the cancer-causing radioactive gas. The federal government has begun a campaign to increase radon... [Read More]

American Lung Association Says Radon A Health Risk In Many Midwestern Homes
The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to radon... [Read More]

Frequently Asked Questions About Radon
This is a general summary of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers concerning radon, issues surrounding radon in the air and water, and mitigation of radon exposure. ... [Read More]

Lung Cancer Prevention
Doctors cannot always explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn't. However, scientists have studied general patterns of cancer in the population to learn what things around us and what things we do in our lives may increase our chance of... [Read More]

State DOH Offers Radon Testing Kit
Along with the governor's proclamation of January as Radon Action Month, the state health commissioner has reminded New Yorkers about the importance of testing their homes for radon. The colorless, odorless gas is the second-leading cause of lung... [Read More]

A Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer -- EPA Urges Builders to Use Radon-resistant Techniques for New Construction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office are stepping up the call to action to get homes tested for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims nearly 20,000 lives each year. Breathing indoor air... [Read More]

Pollutantion: Assessing Environmental Exposure and Health Risks
Children exposed to the same amount of pollution as an adult are much more susceptible to negative effects due to their smaller body size and faster respiration rate. Pollutants released into the environment and to which a population is at risk of... [Read More]

Radon Testing: Inspect, Detect, and Correct
Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found in any home, new or old. This toxic gas comes from decomposed uranium in the soil, and since it always moves from the ground into the air above, it often leaks into houses through cracks in the foundation.... [Read More]

Radon problems can exist in any home
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a release in January urging consumers to be cautious about the danger of radon gas. While the home is a major source of exposure to the gas, the EPA reports that "only one in five homeowners has actually... [Read More]

Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. But while most Americans know tobacco smoke is the primary trigger for lung cancer, very few are aware of the risks posed by radon -- or that dangerous levels of the gas can be... [Read More]

American Lung Association: Radon a Health Risk in Many Midwestern Homes
The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to... [Read More]

Radon causes second most lung-related deaths in 2006
anuary is National Radon Action Month and health organizations around the country are working together to make sure everyone knows how dangerous radon can be. Radon comes from the decay of radium in the soil, according to the New York State Health... [Read More]

Podcast: Spotlight on Radon
Episode # 3 of the Nontoxic Living Podcast puts the spotlight on RADON- what it is, how it affects your health, and how to eliminate or reduce your exposure to radon in your home. MP3 File Hosted by Randy and Kathy... [Read More]

Alabama Student Wins National Radon Poster Contest
The National Safety Council's Radon Poster Contest, conducted in partnership with EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture, is intended to raise awareness of radon and the importance of testing homes and fixing elevated levels. Radon is a naturally... [Read More]

Clean the Air Inside Your Home
Safe food and clean drinking water are central to a healthy lifestyle. Taking into account that humans consume nearly 3,000 gallons of air each day, it's time for clean air to join these concerns at the forefront of our health considerations.... [Read More]

Breathe Easy: Radon Mitigation at the PATH Concept House
When you think of life support, probably the first thing that comes to mind is air. Water might occur to you, and food, but since most of us carry enough fat around the waist line to last a few days, nutrition usually comes last. Nevertheless, when you... [Read More]

Bad air in there
W hen the weather outside is frightful, the conditions inside can be pretty scary, too. The health risks of polluted air inside our houses a year-round concern can be greater in the winter, health and environmental officials say. Pollutants build up... [Read More]

Polluted Water A Cause of Cancer
More and more communities are becoming concerned about potential links between cancer and chemicals found in their drinking water. Whether you drink municipal water or drink from a well, additives and contaminates linked to cancer probably exist in your... [Read More]

Lung Cancer
This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung... [Read More]

Lung Cancer
This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung... [Read More]

DOLLARS AND SENSE: Real Estate Sales Addendum
The sales contract addendum is your best friend when you're buying a house. The real estate agent might have mixed allegiances and the home seller might push for top price, but with the addendum you can cover many if not all of your wants and wishes.... [Read More]

Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately
Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY The death of Dana Reeve on Monday serves as a reminder of one of lung cancer's tragic truths. "If there was no smoking, there would still be lung cancer," says... [Read More]

Clearing the Air: How To Avoid Indoor Air Pollutants
When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it's so tempting to curl up on the couch and avoid the nasty winter air. But after a few hours, you may feel the beginnings of a dull headache, perhaps a raspy throat or a stuffy... [Read More]

A Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer -- EPA Urges Builders to Use Radon-resistant Techniques for New Construction
PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office are stepping up the call to action to get homes tested for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims nearly 20,000 lives each year. Breathing... [Read More]

Radon Gas: An Invisible Threat to Your Real-Estate Business
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the earth from the decay of radioactive uranium in the soil. However, radon exposure in a domestic setting is actually a dangerous threat to your health and your real-estate... [Read More]

Agent's bad advice on radon
When I bought my home, the home inspector recommended that I have a radon test for an additional $100. My agent, who also attended the inspection, said there had not been any high radon levels in the area and that the additional fee was a waste of money.... [Read More]

Radon Remediation
As airborne radon in buildings constitutes a major health risk worldwide, measures to reduce radon levels represent an important consideration for homes, schools, and workplaces. Simple ways to reduce radon substantially reduce associated health risks.... [Read More]

Other Expenses to Consider
Closing expenses on a house include lender's fees, taxes, insurance and tests and inspections such as radon and well... [Read More]

CT scans pick up early lung cancers
New research has shown that early screening with CT scans could significantly improve the survival rates from lung cancer. Tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer and 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Other causes include... [Read More]

Annual CT Scan Detects Curable Lung Cancer
Annual screening for lung cancer with CT scan can identify lung cancers at an early curable stage, resulting in high 10-year survival rates, according to results of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). The I-ELCAP study... [Read More]

January is National Radon Action Month
This January, communities across the nation will lead activities and host special events to increase awareness of the health effects of radon exposure and to promote radon testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction.... [Read More]

Ask TreeHugger: What Do Radon Tests Mean?
I am selling my house and in this process, my house was tested for radon using a mail-in kit. The buyers got the radon results back and they show that my house is just below the EPA recommended limit. The buyers want me to install equipment to reduce... [Read More]

Lung Cancer: What You Should Know
How can people get lung cancer? People typically get lung cancer from smoking, but the risk is boosted through exposure to secondhand smoke,radon gas, asbestos and other chemicals, and family history. Preventive measures include avoiding secondhand... [Read More]

Silent Killer in Tens of Thousands of Homes Here in Capital Region
You can not see it or smell it, but you may very well be breathing it right now as you are reading this. It is radon; a gas that can kill you. It is a hazard in the home and it is a big problem here in the Capital Region. The Seely family of... [Read More]

Its National Radon Action Month
We haven't even put away the holiday ornaments and here we are, already five days into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "National Radon Action Month." This observance is intended to encourage the public to test their homes... [Read More]

Radon in the home can cause lung cancer
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. January is National Radon Action Month, and the EPA is urging people to get their homes tested. Only one in five homeowners has actually tested for the gas, according to the... [Read More]

January is National Radon Action Month! Tips On Getting Rid of Radon
January is National Radon Action Month. Taking the necessary actions against the radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted requires getting homes tested for elevated levels. Radon could not only be harbored in your home, but exposure can be... [Read More]

Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer
"Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that can be in your home and you not even know it," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office Air and Radiation. "There are about... [Read More]

School Kids Warn About Dangers of Radon
ix 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. The poster contest, for children ages 9 - 14, is run by the National Safety Council... [Read More]

Radon tests urged
The Cornell Cooperative Extension is trying to get the word out about radon. In high levels, they say it's a dangerous, radioactive gas that comes from the soil and could be in about a third of the homes in Tompkins... [Read More]

How to Detox Your Home
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air pollution is actually five times worse than outdoor pollution. Smoke in the kitchen, mold in the bathroom, dust in the living room . . . indoor air pollution has been linked to an increase in... [Read More]

Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer
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... [Read More]