|Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is estimated that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. |
Respiratory Health Association is active in advocating for awareness of radon and stricter regulations on radon in Illinois. Successes include:
- Child Care Act, which was amended in August, 2012, and requires that starting January 1, 2014, licensed day care centers, licensed day care homes, and licensed group day care homes be tested for radon at least once every 3 years.
- Illinois Residential Building Code Act, which was amended in August 2012, and was effective immediately, provides that a contract to build a home must contain a provision requiring a radon mitigation system be included in the construction.
- Illinois Radon Awareness Act 2008, which requires people who are selling their homes in Illinois to disclose results of radon testing and provide homebuyers with radon information.
- Amendment HB4606 to the School Code, which requires that every school building in Illinois be tested for radon every five years. School districts must notify parents and faculty of test results.
- Radon-resistant building codes task force, a statewide task force to make recommendations concerning the adoption of building code rules for radon. Respiratory Health Association's Elieen Lowery, director of lung health initiatives, has been named to this task force.