Health inspector advocates radon awareness


Even as doctors and scientists learn more about radon's negative effects on people's health, it is becoming easier to deal with the emissions from the gas. Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in rock or soil, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

There have been increasing efforts to remediate it even as awareness of the peril radon poses grows. But now, Mitchell said, he is pushing for an amendment to the state building code, which would address that remediation as part of new construction. At most, he said, it would add between $350-$500 to the cost of each new house.

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