January 13, 1992 |
Radiation that contaminated a dozen workers at a U.S. air base came from radon gas that accumulated naturally and not from the improper disposal of nuclear weapons, the Air Force said Sunday. The discovery means the workers, who were contaminated at Loring Air Force Base near the Canadian border, are less likely to suffer long-term health problems, Air Force officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1995 |
As part of National Radon Action Week, the American Lung Assn. of Ventura County will conduct a series of public seminars starting Saturday about the invisible, cancer-causing gas. Of all the counties in California, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties face the greatest risk of radon gas, according to the association. The radioactive gas seeps out of underground rocks and can collect in homes. It is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking.
September 16, 1985
Concerned about the potential nationwide health hazards of naturally occurring radon gas, the Environmental Protection Agency is designing a survey to first determine the risks posed to residents in a three-state area, an EPA official said. Sheldon Meyers, director of the EPA's office of radiation, said the survey would take nine months to design.
November 7, 1999
In an Oct. 31 letter, Lisa Finn asked how she can protect her health from chlordane residue under her house. I would like to suggest moving the poisoned air out of the crawl space before it has a chance to migrate into her home's living space. This is not a permanent solution because I have no knowledge of the time it takes chlordane to break down into nontoxic byproducts, but forcing crawl space air out from under the house seems an inexpensive intermediate step until a better long-term solution can be undertaken.
February 20, 1998 |
Radon, a natural radioactive gas that collects in some homes, is linked to about 21,800 American lung cancer deaths a year, researchers said Thursday. Most of the victims were smokers. "Radon, particularly in combination with smoking, poses an important public health risk," said Dr. Jonathan Samet, a Johns Hopkins University professor and chairman of a National Research Council radon study committee.
March 13, 1987
Legislation that would escalate the battle against radon, the gas estimated to cause up to 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year, was introduced in Congress. Radon, an odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of natural uranium deposits, has been identified as the nation's No. 1 environmental cancer risk. Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) and John H. Chafee (R-R.I.) sponsored legislation to authorize $30 million for a program of research and detection, and Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1989
Northwestern Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County residents are being asked to participate in a detailed study of radon gas levels in their homes, state Health Services Director Kenneth W. Kizer said Friday. Radon is a natural radioactive gas that seeps up from the soil and is thought to be a cause of lung cancer. A survey by The Times last fall indicated that radon is apt to exceed recommended limits in 50,000 Southern California residences.
October 11, 2010 |
You may not realize it, but your life is radioactive. If you've eaten a banana lately, potassium-40 atoms in your body are shooting out thousands of particles every second. And if you're anywhere near solid ground, you can assume that radon gas is pelting you with gamma rays. With X-rays at the dental office, radon in the basement and cosmic rays beaming down from space, we're literally surrounded by radioactivity and high-powered radiation. Invisible, exotic and — as nuclear weapons have so clearly demonstrated — potentially lethal, radiation seems perfectly suited to inspire fear, says Jerrold Bushberg, clinical professor of radiology and radiation oncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine.