Media sources reported that nine federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are sponsoring Radon Awareness Week as part of the Federal Radon Action Plan (FRAP) in the effort of educating the public on the risks of radon and the fact that it causes roughly 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the US.
According to press releases from the Federal Radon Action Plan, “Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Because radon is a gas, it can enter buildings through openings or cracks in the foundation. The radon gas itself decays into radioactive solids, called radon daughters. The radon daughters attach to dust particles in the air, and can be inhaled. The inhalation of radon daughters has been linked to lung cancer.”
The Federal Radon Action Plan, formed in June, aims at raising awareness and developing expertise and jobs in the fields of radon testing and mitigation. Their goals include eventually having a radon test standard during real estate transactions and routine radon testing in schools businesses and daycare facilities. Elevated radon levels can be found in virtually every county nationwide, regardless of the buildings age, the type of foundation it has or whether it is in an area “prone to having radon problems.”
As a Vancouver personal injury attorney, I’m glad that this organization is raising awareness to this problem. I hope that by sharing this information, you can be more informed to the problem of radon contamination and, hopefully, better protect yourself and your family. If you’ve been injured through exposure to chemicals that you were not informed of prior to purchasing property, it may be in your best interests to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer.