Environmental Protection

U.S. EPA Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer WASHINGTON – January is National Radon Action Month and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and eight other federal agencies are announcing a new effort to strengthen the fight against radon exposure. Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer. Senior leaders from the federal agencies are pledging to work together to create a national risk reduction plan for radon that will help save lives and create safer, healthier homes for all Americans. “Radon is a serious public health threat that leads to more than 21,000…

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WNCF   The World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency have announced a call to action for Americans to test their homes for Radon Gas, which has recently been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S. The EPA has officially designated January 2011 to be National Radon Action Month in the United States. The press, local health departments, and the media are encouraged to help save lives in 2011 by promoting National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that seeps out of the ground and can enter homes and other buildings.…

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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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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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The Associated Press Habitat for Humanity is building a radon-resistant home in Utah County. The volunteer group says Miss Utah Christina Lowe will be on hand Tuesday as crews finish framing the 1,500-square foot house in Springville. Also, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Utah County Health Department plan to hold a news conference. Habitat for Humanity says the house will have a separate ventilation system that sucks radon from the ground and vents it through the roof. Radon can cause cancer. It's a colorless and odorless gas that comes from radioactive decay in soils and rocks. The Springville…

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By Felicia Chou I couldn’t catch a football even if you handed it to me. But I can chug my energy drink, slather my face with war paint, and root for my team like there is no tomorrow. I can also help my school reign supreme in EPA’s Game Day Challenge, simply by cutting down on the waste that ends up in the trash at the game. From now until September 30, any college or university with a football team across the country can   register to battle it out both on and off the field. All they have to do…

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By Lina Younes Not long ago, I was in the market for a new car.  As with any major purchase, I decided to do some research. I had three requirements for this new vehicle. I wanted it to meet the highest safety standards. I wanted it to get good mileage and not to break the bank in the process. At the time, I consulted some valuable resources online: www.safercar.gov, www.fueleconomy.gov , and EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide . In sum, I was successful in getting a fuel efficient car for my daughter. Just this past week, EPA proposed new labels for…

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Por Lina Younes No hace tanto tiempo que yo estaba considerando comprar un auto nuevo.  Como se trataba de una compra importante, decidí investigar el asunto. Yo tenía tres requisitos para este nuevo vehículo. Quería que cumpliera con los estándares más altos de seguridad. Buscaba un vehículo eficiente en el uso de combustible y que no me costara un ojo de la cara. Consulté varios recursos cibernéticos como www.safercar.gov, www.fueleconomy.gov y la Guía de Vehículos Verdes de EPA. En fin de cuentas, pude encontrar un buen auto con eficiencia de combustible para mi hija. Justo la semana pasada, EPA propuso…

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Late summer has become my favorite time of year because of my small 4 x 3 foot backyard garden. This year, I harvested patty pan squash, hot peppers, and three kinds of tomatoes. There is no competition for me when it comes to my own homegrown foods versus the store varieties. It takes some effort o maintain this garden but it is worth it for me. My garden planning starts in May. Each year the biology department at my school sells tiny little seedlings that are grown in the greenhouse over the winter. The weather in Chicago doesn’t allow me…

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