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WHEREASprotecting public health and wellness, and promoting safe and livable communities through education, disease prevention, and awareness are critical objectives in the Silver State; and 

WHEREASpromoting a broader understanding of the safety risks and hazards associated with radon exposure enhances public safety efforts in Nevada, as radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers; and

WHEREASthe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 people in the U.S. die each year from lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure, and radon kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or home fires; and

WHEREASany home in Nevada may have elevated levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do not, and living in a home with an average radon level of 4 picocuries per liter of air poses a similar risk of developing lung cancer as smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day; and 

WHEREAStesting is the only way to know if a home has an elevated radon level, and testing is easy and inexpensive, and when identified, homes can be fixed; and 

WHEREASorganizations across the state and nation encourage all citizens to test their homes f or radon, mitigate elevated levels of radon, and recommend that new homes be built with radon-reducing materials and features;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  January 2017 as

 radon action month in nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson