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Petitioning Ben Lange and 29 others

Iowa Legislature: End Radon in Commercial Property Act

Radon, a toxic, colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, is the number 2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S. behind tobacco. It enters our homes, offices, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, grocery stores, and other facilities through cracks, holes, and any other openings. The whole state of Iowa is labled by the EPA as Zone 1, meaning Iowa citizens are at Highest Potential for exposure to elevated levels or radon. According to the American Lung Association: "The average indoor radon concentration in Iowa is 8.5 pCi/L. More than SIX TIMES the national average." Action needs to be taken! 

Letter to
Ben Lange
Amy Sinclair
Dick Schrad
and 27 others
David Scott Edwards
Vicki Stogdill
Pat Ward
Desmund Adams
Jerry Behn
Merlin Bartz
Mary Jo Wilhelm
Michael Breitbach
John Beard
Brad Zaun
Jerry Behn
Joni Ernst
Jake Chapman
Bruce Braley
John Archer
Dave Loebsack
Tom Latham
Leonard Boswell
Steve King
Christie Vilsack
Randy Feenstra
Dennis Guth
Bob Jennings
Mark Segebart
Mary Bruner
Al Ringgenberg
Mary Jo Wilhelm
Recent real estate classes have sparked my interest in Radon Mitigation. According to EPA radon is the number 2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S. behind tobacco. Let's say you're a non-smoker, well in that case radon becomes the number one cause of lung cancer. So my question is, why push for radon mitigation in residential properties only, why not commercial properties as well?

The Daily Iowan article written by Nate Otjen states Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, introduced the End Radon in Schools Act Thursday. The bill, if passed, would “protect students, teachers, and school employees from high levels of radon in schools,” according to a press release from Braley’s office. What about our patients? What about our healthcare professionals?

As a future pharmacist, if I was to work in an Iowa hospital basement, I’d be inhaling more radon during my lunch break than at home.

We need to go BEYOND schools -- How about ALL commercial property! I ask that you consider and push for End Radon in Commercial Property Act.