(Atlantic) You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. And there are some proposed rules requiring passive radon mitigation in news homes and small business construction.
The Cass County Board of Health is planning to hold a public hearing next week to discuss the proposed changes in news building construction, according to Nancy Gibson, Cass County Public Health Coordinator. She says the change requires the installation of a pipe in new homes and small business construction that would work underground to keep the air clear of the poisonous gas.
“It is a fan powered pipe that draws air from beneath the concrete slab to test the radon level. The gases would be released into the air and not into the home.”
The meeting is scheduled for January 27, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cass County Public Health Office, 1500 East 10th Street in Atlantic.
January 22, 2014