The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois announced the statewide launch of an initiative to encourage home builders to install activated radon mitigation systems in new homes. The systems reduce levels of radon, a radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall.
Today’s announcement of the Radon Excellence Program coincides with national Radon Action Month in January.
Elevated levels of the radioactive gas have been found in all 102 Illinois counties. IEMA estimates nearly 1,200 Illinois citizens die from radon-related lung cancer each year.
For more information about the Radon Excellence Program, visit the website at www.healthhouse.org.