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January is Radon Awareness Month

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View the flip book to learn about radon.

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Radon Testing for Rental Units

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In Illinois:
January 1, 2012, Public Act 97-0021 became effective.
It is a new law to help people who rent apartments, condominiums or houses, access information about radon levels in their homes.
IEMA has developed a brochure, “Radon Guide for Tenants“, which can be viewed on their website, www.radon.illinois.gov.

The new law requires owners of rental units to inform renters in writing before a lease is signed, if the rental space has been tested for radon and that a radon hazard may exist. If the rental unit hasn’t been tested, a renter can conduct a do-it-yourself radon test or ask the owner to test by hiring a licensed radon contractor. If a renter conducts a radon test in the rental unit and if results show high radon levels, the renter should inform the building owner in writing.

Nationally:

In June, 2011 the EPA published “Protecting People and Families from Radon, A Federal Action Plan for Saving Lives”.

www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/Federal_Radon_Action_Plan.pdf

This Action Plan is a multi-year, collaborative effort, led by the EPA. Healthy People 2020 is a ten year, national agenda for improving the health of all Americans, including the objectives for radon risk reduction.

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