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who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it."
a look to the Past
20 Years of National Radon Results - 1985-2003
(How Have We Done?)
has been the result of our efforts over the past 20 years? This
is from the EPA Indoor Air Quality - Radon web site (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/)
"Since radons advent as a National health concern
in the mid-1980s, the United States has made significant
progress (?) in reducing the risk from radon.
This progress is the result of a long-term effort between EPA,
citizens, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments,
the business community, and other Federal agencies working together.
Since 1985, millions of homes have been tested for radon, and
an estimated 800,000 homes have been mitigated. In addition,
approximately 1.2 million new homes have been built with radon-resistant
features since 1990. EPA will continue to focus its risk reduction
on mitigating existing homes and building new homes radon-resistant.
As a result of these actions through 2003, EPA estimates that
as many as 650 future lung cancer deaths are prevented (lives
saved) each year (emphasis mine)."
it bother anyone besides me
that in the last 20 years, the best we could do is to reduce
radon induced cancer deaths by only 650 out of 21,000 per year?
That's only a 3% reduction; not per year but over the entire
20 year period! I don't think I would call that "significant
progress." I understand that many people worked
hard on the problem for the past 20 years, but if we are going
to judge the process by the results produced, we may want to
consider some changes to our overall plan in the future. Radon
is still mostly unknown or ignored, despite our best efforts
to date. If we really want to reduce deaths in the future, we
are going to have to make a greater impact on society.
is my (modest) list of goals and wishes upon which policies
and procedures could be built to produce a more radon free,
and hence a more cancer free future.
Goals and Wishes
will understand the dangers of radon exposure.
houses will be tested and houses with high levels of radon
will be fixed
radon testers and mitigators will be trained and certified
real estate transactions will required a radon test and
subsequent mitigation if needed, similar to the termite
tests required today.
renters will be assured that they are living in a radon-free
property owners will test and mitigate their rental properties.
fear of getting sued will not stop anyone from testing and
fixing a high radon level.
Government will declare a legal amnesty for a 10 year time
period (or some such legal scheme) so landlords can test
for and correct problems without fear of getting sued by
their tenants for a problem neither party knew existed.
plans for remodels will require radon tests.
new construction will incorporate Radon Resistant New Construction
checkers and building inspectors will be trained in radon
mitigation and RRNC.
associations on the national, state and local levels will
draft policies to encourage or require their members to
test all rental units and repair those that need it.
estate associations on the national, state and local levels
will encourage or require that all members include a radon
test in all transactions.
office, and industrial buildings will be tested and repaired
if high levels are found.
will loose the grip of radon paralysis, and boldly
move ahead to test and correct any problems we find.
news media will run stories on radon problems and solutions.
government agencies will adapt stronger guidelines and regulations
will freely share our knowledge to help others solve this
problem around the world.
Optimists, Soroptimists, Kiwanis and other community organizations
will each donate $650 to purchase 100 radon test kits to be
given away to publicize the ease of testing and to encourage
testing of houses that might otherwise not get tested.
we implement policies and regulations to reach these goals,
we will likely see a better reduction in radon induced cancer
deaths in the next 20 years than we have seen in the last 20
Since it has proven so difficult to motivate people to test their homes for radon, I invite you to visit the Marketing Page where together we can discuss and find new ways to promote radon awareness and action.
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