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Radon News from the Iowa Legislature

 

The Iowa legislature appropriated $1 million for radon testing in schools.  Beginning July 1, 2014, schools will be able to seek funding to test their schools for radon.  This funding will go a long way to insuring our students and teachers have a safe environment to learn and work. 

The appropriation will go nicely with the radon bill the legislature passed earlier in session.  The radon in schools bill requires the Dept. of Education to educate Iowa’s schools on the dangers of radon and then gather what their plan is for testing and mitigation.  The Department will then report back to the legislature on their findings.  The Governor signed the bill into law on April 17, 2014

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More Information AboutThe Risks of Radon

 

 

The EPA plans to furnish radon information, promote testing, increase awareness, and give to States technical and financial assistance.  The Director of the EPA Center for Radon and Air toxics (within the Indoor Environments Division) called the 2012 goal “very aggressive,” as it represents a tripling of the current number of mitigations and doubling current levels of new homes built with RRNC.  EPA estimated, based on risk assessments, that:

  • The estimated number of homes with radon-reducing features increased from 153,598 during 2000 to 193,996 during 2005.
  • The estimated number of lives saved from additional homes having radon reducing features increased from 369 during 2000 to 577 during 2005.
  • The projected number of lives saved from additional homes having radon-reducing features will increase from 645 during 2006 to 1,250 during 2012