Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | March 20, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says you should know about radon gas.

Radon, a colorless, odorless gas, is a decay product of uranium and is found in significant concentrations in some areas. Radon itself does no harm, but its progeny attach to airborne particulates such as cigarette smoke and can be inhaled. During subsequent decay, the progeny emit high-energy alpha particles that may injure adjacent bronchial cells, thereby causing lung cancer.

Five to 10 percent of single-family homes in the U.S. have been estimated to exceed the EPA radon recommended guideline of four picocuries per liter of air. EPA estimates that approximately 14,000 lung cancer deaths per year are attributable to radon (US Environmental Protection Agency and US Consumer Product Safety Commission 1995).

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