COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amanda Witman, DEP
DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians that January is Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month, marking a time of increased public awareness for this serious health hazard.
is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through
the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can seep into homes
through cracks in basements and foundations, and can build up inside to
concentrations many times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
(EPA) recommended level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).
is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States,
causing about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the United States every year.
About 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of four picocuries per
liter. While radon problems may be more common in some regions, the
potential exists for any home in Pennsylvania to have high radon levels.