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October 13, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
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.
Like all physicians, we learned about radon, an odorless gas that has been linked to lung cancer. However, it wasn't until one of us tried to purchase a house--and the inspection revealed elevated radon levels--that the issue struck home. Radon gas is produced by the decay of uranium, an element almost universally present in soil and rock. Radon moves slowly through ground soil and can enter homes through openings or cracks in the foundations and construction joints.
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 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
August 5, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that health-threatening levels of radon gas have been found in one of every five homes tested in a 10-state survey. The findings indicate that the radioactive gas may pose a far greater environmental health threat than previously believed. Until now, radon has been viewed as a problem peculiar to the Northeast, the uranium mining states in the West and in Florida.
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