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EPA Urges Home Testing for Radon to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk

Release Date: 01/21/2004
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

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(01/21/2004) - You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but with an estimated 21,000 radon-related lung-cancer deaths per year, the EPA urges Americans to test their homes for radon now. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

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What: EPA Urges Radon Testing in all Homes

When: Thursday, January 22
1:00 -1:15 p.m. and 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. EST

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Do-it-yourself radon test kits cost around $25. Most homes found to have high levels of radon can be mitigated to reduce the gas from their homes at a modest cost. For more information visit or to see the state-by-state EPA map of radon levels visit . To get a radon test kit call (800) SOS-RADON or (800)767-7236. For local information call your state radon office. Interviews with local radon experts are available.

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• Interviews:
Jeff Holmstead, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation
Bill Field, Professor of Epidemiology and Radon Expert, University of Iowa Mark Mitchell, Radon Mitigation Specialist
      Ann Rhodes, Homeowner, talks about testing for radon, and installing a home mitigation system
• B-Roll: Homes, Ann Rhodes house, radon detectors, Mark Mitchell inspecting house, Mitigation system in house, EPA campaign material, Jeff Holmstead at work, Bill Field at work, Dan Steck at work