January 2014: Radon Action Month

WHEREAS, radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock and sometimes enters homes through openings in the foundation floor or walls; and,

WHEREAS, exposure to elevated levels of radon is an environmental health threat; in the U.S., this exposure in homes is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers; and,

WHEREAS, radon is estimated to result in more than 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, with more than 600 of those in Michigan alone; and,

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 picocuries (pCi/L), should be mitigated to reduce occupants lung cancer risk; and,

WHEREAS, elevated radon levels can be found in every Michigan county; in some Michigan counties, more than 50 percent of homes have elevated radon levels; and,

WHEREAS, testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, and homes with elevated radon levels can be reduced; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, local health departments, and other statewide partners to encourage citizens throughout the state to test their homes, have elevated levels of radon reduced, and incorporate radon-resistant features into new home construction;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as Radon Action Month in Michigan.