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Don Coleman, KJCT8 Invisible Gas is Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Watch this KJCT8 news segment. GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- We have a warning for you about a lung cancer-causing gas that could be lurking inside your home. It's called Radon. The byproduct of decomposing Uranium deep below the earth's surface seeps up through the ground and can become trapped inside your home, especially during the winter. It's the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States right behind smoking. Experts say you should use a test kit to figure out your home's levels. And if they're high,…

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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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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Yesterday, EPA convened leaders from federal agencies for an historic event to generate momentum and create new opportunities for radon risk reduction. This diverse group of leaders, including Department of Defense, DOD; Veterans Administration, VA; Department of Energy, DOE; U.S. General Services Administration, GSA; Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD; Department of Health and Human Services, HHS; U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA; and U.S. Department of Interior, DOI, discussed ways the federal government can do more to reduce radon risk in the housing and buildings it owns or influences. Participants at the summit will reconvene…

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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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Citizens for Clean Air in Pueblo for Education, Research, Action (CCAP-ERA), is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to protect the health and quality of life of residents of Southern Colorado. It works through paid staff, volunteers, community partnerships, and grant-funded projects to sponsor public education programs, data-gathering, and activities designed to reduce human exposure to toxic substances, primarily those present in air. It also strives to promote environmental justice among the diverse citizenry of Pueblo and Southern Colorado. read more

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Weeklong series of events to highlight EPA’s 40 years protecting American communities WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will hold several events kicking off a weeklong commemoration of EPA’s 40th Anniversary on Monday. Monday morning, the Aspen Institute will unveil their list of EPA’s most significant achievements over the past 40 years. Following that, Administrator Jackson will participate in a discussion of that list with Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute. Reporters wishing to attend the event at the Aspen Institute should RSVP to Jeffrey Harris at jeffrey.harris@aspeninstitute.org. In the afternoon, the administrator will travel…

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Kathleen E. Carey, The Delaware County Daily Times Delaware Countians at high risk of developing lung cancer may have recently gotten another lease on life. Thanks to Dr. Raymond J. Vivacqua, medical director of the Crozer Regional Cancer Center, and his participating partners, an evaluation procedure called the Family Lung Assessment Program, which is accessible to all people, offers free identification surveys and low-cost CAT scans for specific populations in jeopardy of developing lung cancer. “I’m hoping to reduce the number of people scanned so we target the people who need it,” Vivacqua said. Although the program has been in…

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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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Discussion: Why Radon Matters Ted Garrison with Gloria Linnertz and Dr. Joseph Leach Gloria Linnertz is Vice President of Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) and Board member of American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). CanSAR is dedicated to preventing radon-induced lung cancer and saving lives through radon education and awareness. Dr. Joseph Leach is the medical director of oncology at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and is a member of the thoracic oncology program at Abbott Northwestern hospital. He specializes in lung cancer and is an advisor to MN Dept of Health on radon. Listen to the full interview…

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Friends and colleagues: I am looking for any data of ventilation rates in residential high-rise buildings, and possible radon in them, for a literature review and short paper. I have two studies now, by Tom Pugh of FL A&M (5 buildings, 5 units) and Bill Brodhead working in NC (1 building, 5 units). They both show low ventilation and elevated radon levels in units above the 3rd floor. The source is likely to be concrete, but I'd like to find more data. Florida's radon office also has radon data from around 1,000 tests conducted above the 3rd floor. A third…

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