Southern Illinois Radon Awareness Initiative Update


The Southern Illinois Radon Awareness Initiative is a partnership between the US EPA, the American Lung Association of Illinois, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR), the Southern Illinois Radon Awareness Task Force, and Allied Radon Services, Inc. The initiative's goal is to increase awareness in Southern Illinois residents of the dangers of living with elevated radon levels.

Between June 15 and June 30, 2009, homeowners in Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Marion, Perry, Washington, Wayne, and Williamson counties can request free radon test kits at the American Lung Association of Illinois website (www.lungil.org) or by calling 800-788-5864. The test kits must be requested by 4:30 pm June 30, 2009. The radon test must be completed and post marked by July 14, 2009. After the radon levels are confirmed, the 10 houses with the highest radon levels will receive a free mitigation system installed by an Illinois Emergency Management Agency licensed mitigation professional.

According to the ALA of Illinois, there have been requests for 757 test kits since the initiative was launched. We have a good distribution in all of the targeted counties except Washington and Clinton counties.

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