Minneapolis Targets ‘Silent Killer’ with Radon Kits

The City of Minneapolis will give away more than 250 radon test kits tomorrow to raise awareness about a problem affecting one in three Minnesota homes.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will donate the kits and will also be providing safety tips for the public.

Radon gas, which is odorless, colorless and tasteless, is called a “silent killer.” Prolonged exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers.

Last May, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Indoor Radon Exposure Abatement and Detection Act. Fashioned after a Minnesota law, the bill would set national standards for radon testing and create a rebate program for installation of mitigation systems in new homes.

Since then, the bill hasn’t made much progress, but state Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, who worked on the Minnesota Radon Bill, said she remains confident in rising public awareness.

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