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Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Declares January as Radon Action Month

January 09, 2007—Utah Governor Jon Huntsman declares January as Radon Action Month. The text of the declaration is posted below.

Whereas, the Surgeon General has declared that Radon causes lung cancer; and

Whereas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified Radon as a leading national health hazard; and

Whereas, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers; and

Whereas, approximately a third of homes tested in Utah have Radon concentrations at or above the EPA's Action Level; and

Whereas, more than 21,000 persons nationwide die each year from radon-induced lung cancer; and

Whereas, reliable and inexpensive test devices are available, and homes with elevated Radon concentrations can be reduced to acceptable levels for a moderate price; and

Whereas, state officials are concerned for the health, safety, and well-being of citizens, and support reducing environmental health hazards;

Now, Therefore, I, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Governor of the State of Utah, do hereby declare January 2007, as

Radon Action Month

in Utah, and encourage homeowners to seek information and perform in-home Radon tests to determine concentrations in their homes and take action to reduce their exposure to Radon.  Moreover, home builders are encouraged to use radon-resistant building techniques.