Eastern United States

Casey Blake, Asheville Citizen-Times   ASHEVILLE — The idea of a silent killer in your home may be frightening, but what about a killer that's also odorless, intangible and invisible? Radon poisoning, the second-leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco use, is just that. With six of the eight counties with the highest radon levels in North Carolina nestled among the 18 western counties, area residents should be paying especially close attention to the elusive carcinogen. Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that, while harmless in the open air, can be dangerous when concentrated. Seeping out of the ground, it…

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Gayathri Vaidyanathan, Greenwire States are taking the lead with studying levels of radon in drinking water and air even as federal regulators lag, as a coincidence of geology and population density leaves some more at risk than others of suffering from the naturally occurring radioactive toxin. Nine states have guidelines for radon in drinking water, with New Jersey considering the most stringent levels, fourfold tighter than a limit proposed but never mandated by U.S. EPA in 1999. Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Wisconsin are the other states that have some guidance levels for the chemical,…

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WCAX News Burlington, Vermont - According to the EPA, radon exposure in the home is responsible for 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in America. Only smoking causes more lung cancer. Radon expert Paul Lyman appeared on The :30 to tell us more about the deadly gas. From new to drafty old homes and homes with or without basements, homes of all types can have a radon problem. How the home was built can be a factor on radon levels in homes. Aside from professional testing like Lyman offers and commercially available testing kits, the state also offers a free…

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NJ Today TRENTON — How old are the oldest rocks in New Jersey and where are they located? Perhaps these questions haven’t exactly kept you up at night, but geologists have been wondering about them for a long time. They know that the rocks in the mountains of North Jersey’s Highlands, remnants of ancient Appalachian Mountains that at one time rivaled the Rockies in might, are the oldest in New Jersey. They also accept that these rocks are about a billion years old. But they never knew precisely how old — until now. The New Jersey Geological Survey, within the…

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Mike Marshall, The Huntsville Times 9075748-small.jpg MADISON, Al. - 291 Dublin Circle in Madison looks like a place where there's little chance of danger. It's tucked in the curve on the north side of the street, a four-acre lot huddled among the maples. Tom and Faye Dickerson have lived here for almost 40 years. They've been here for most of their marriage, raising three children when Jack Clift's farm nudged up to their backyard. With the children gone, it's unnerving to the Dickersons that they raised a family in a house with such high levels of radon. "It's the second…

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Rona Fischman, The Boston Globe Sam Schneiderman, broker owner of Great Boston Home Team (our Monday guy) looks again at what to do about radon testing. Last week, I mentioned a story about a radon inspection dispute that ended in court. The buyer wanted to cancel the purchase due to high radon results, but the seller refused to return the buyer’s deposit because the radon test was not performed to EPA standards. Our vigilant readers reviewed EPA protocols and noted that a radon test done in an unfinished area does not meet EPA guidelines. A spirited discussion about the proper…

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Casey Blake, Asheville Citizen-Times ASHEVILLE — Lung cancer doesn't have an iconic ribbon or well-known signature color. In fact, it doesn't even have its own support group in Western North Carolina. Yet lung cancer will take more lives this year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but as many area physicians, health workers and patients have noticed, awareness is in relatively short supply. But in even shorter supply for lung cancer patients is public empathy. In the wake of ‘Pink October's' flood of breast cancer awareness efforts, the elephant in the room…

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Pam Keyes, Pekin Daily Times   RADON DANGERS — It comes out of the ground, is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and all homes are susceptible to the deadly radioactive gas. These are just a few of the facts that inspired three area students to be named regional winners in a statewide poster contest designed to educate and raise awareness about the harmful effects of indoor radon gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It enters homes through small cracks in…

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Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois officials are encouraging residents to test their homes for radon gas this week during Radon Action Week. The Emergency Management Agency says 1,200 people die in Illinois each year from radon-related lung cancer. IEMA interim Director Joe Klinger says studies show nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes have radon levels above safe levels. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can seep into buildings through foundation cracks, sump pumps or crawlspaces. Home improvement stores carry simple kits that homeowners…

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David Brooks, Nashua Telegraph The frost is on the pumpkin, which means the radon is in the air. Actually, that’s a little misleading: Radon, a naturally produced radioactive gas, is always in the air. It’s released by the granite all around us, a process that doesn’t change when winter approaches. What does change with cold weather is that people close up their houses, creating a “chimney effect,” which draws more radon into homes and keeps it there – meaning many houses have a lot more radon in the air than they did in the summer. “Homes suck in the radon…

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