Angell to join Klobuchar at media conference on radon in homes

Bill Angell (Housing Studies; Midwest Universities Radon Consortium) joins US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) at a media conference today where Klobuchar will announce federal legislation she is introducing to reduce exposure to radon gas in homes. Radon, an odorless, colorless, and radioactive gas created by the decay of uranium in soil is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking), responsible for more 20,000 deaths each year in the US, including an estimated 1,000 deaths each year in Minnesota. Indoor residential exposure occurs when radon gas enters through cracks in floors, walls, and construction joints, or gaps in foundations around pipes, wires, and pumps. While radon exists naturally everywhere in the US, Minnesota has one of the highest concentrations.

Bill Angell speaking at Amy Klobuchar media conference announcing legislation targeting radon in homes

Bill Angell speaking at Amy Klobuchar media conference announcing legislation targeting radon in homes.

Angell, one of the foremost experts on the presence of radon gas in homes, consulted with Klobuchar's staff in drafting the bill. Information about radon courses for professionals is available on the College of Continuing Education Web site.

Klobuchar's proposed legislation represents the first federal legislative effort in 16 years and, in part, builds on the successful adoption of Minnesota's statewide building code requiring radon control systems in all new homes. Angell worked with Minnesota State Representative Kim Norton (DFL-29B), lead author on Minnesota legislation.

The media conference will take place Friday, April 30, 2010, 11 a.m., at the home of Dave Hansen and Karen Lilley, 2079 Dudley Avenue, Saint Paul.

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