On the Radio: Radon – the invisible, preventable killer


A startling sight: All 99 of Iowa's counties are colored bright red on the EPA's radon zone map. The color signifies where people are the most at risk for breathing the radioactive gas. Source: EPA.

Listen to this week’s radio segment, which discusses Iowans’ high risk of exposure to deadly radon. You can read more about radon in Iowa here. Continue reading

Iowans face greatest risk for radon, few test for it


A startling sight: All 99 of Iowa's counties are colored bright red on the EPA's radon zone map. The color signifies where people face the highest risk of breathing the radioactive gas. Source: EPA.

It silently seeps into buildings, colorless and odorless – a radioactive gas caused by the decay of uranium rocks in the soil.  It enters through cracks in floors, walls or foundations and it can be found in building materials or tainted well water.

January is Radon Awareness Month, and Iowans should be among the most aware. They face the highest risk of exposure, according to the EPA. Continue reading