On the Radio: Legislators propose radon testing in Iowa’s schools

Radon detector. Photo by megankhines, Flickr.
Radon detector. Photo by megankhines, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a proposed bill that would address radon contamination in Iowa’s schools.

Iowa legislators want to reduce the radon risk in our state’s schools.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

A bill was recently proposed that would require schools in Iowa to test for radon every two years. Despite the high levels of radon in Iowa, there are currently no guidelines or mandates for radon testing at our local schools.

The proposal calls for schools that fail the radon test twice to install radon remediation systems.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, accounting for 21,000 deaths each year. On average, Iowa homes contain the highest levels of radon in the country.

To find out more about this proposed bill, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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