U.N. Health Agency Takes Action to Reduce Lung Cancer With New 2.7 pCi/l (100 Bq/m3) Indoor Radon Limit Worldwide

Sep 29, 2009, 00:01 ET from Environmental Newswire

DENVER, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization announced that they have established a new limit for indoor radon gas. The new maximum radon level is 2.7. This is a 32% reduction from the previously accepted "action level" of 4.0. http://www.mitigationsystem.com/releases/release/7166404/19723.htm

This new limit was prompted by a recent compilation of studies submitted by scientists throughout the World which conclusively point to radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Based on the new 2.7 threshold, millions of homes will require repairs to reduce the levels of the gas.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of deaths throughout the World are caused by exposure to radon. This new plan of action by the World Health Organization will save millions of lives.

More than 100 scientists from 30 countries participated in the World Health Organization International Radon Project and assisted in the publishing of the Handbook on Indoor Radon which was released earlier this month. The book is a useful resource for concerned homeowners or anyone who wants to learn more about the toxic carcinogen known as radon. It outlines the years of research and the very conclusive findings that have triggered a push for stricter legislation and construction practices that will reduce the risk of lung cancer from indoor radon exposure. You can download a copy of the International Radon Handbook here: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241547673_eng.pdf

"All homes should be tested for radon regardless of the geographic location or type of construction. Since radon gas cannot be detected by human senses, the only way to know if a home has a radon problem is to conduct the test," according to Jamey Gelina, President of Air Quality Control; one of North America's leading radon mitigation companies. His Agency has fixed radon problems in over 20,000 buildings and houses. "We have worked with countless families who have been victims of radon-induced lung cancer which could have been prevented if they had been advised to test for radon when purchasing the homes," Mr. Gelina added. http://www.mitigationsystem.com

The good news is that radon testing is easy and inexpensive. When elevated levels are detected, there are proven remediation methods that can reduce the radon to acceptable levels. Learn more about radon gas, the health effects associated with exposure, and how to reduce the levels within your home at http://www.RadonMitigation.us

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