New Law Will Require Radon Testing In Indiana Schools

The radioactive gas can cause cancer at certain levels.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A new law will improve radon testing at Indiana schools.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 632 into law on Wednesday.

Starting July 1st, the Indiana State Department of Health will be required to educate schools on how to test for the cancer-causing gas known as radon.

The bill had received unanimous support from both the House and Senate before hitting Governor Holcomb's desk. 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It cannot be seen or smelled, so testing is the only way to know your level of exposure in a building.

Radon in the ground, groundwater, or building materials enters working and living spaces and disintegrates into its decay products. Nearly one in three U.S. homes had levels above the EPA recommendation.

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