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WHEREAS, many residents of the State of Nevada are unaware of radon and its potential threat to the safety and health of their families; and

WHEREAS, radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the primary cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 21,000 people in the U.S. die each year from lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure, and radon fatalities account for more deaths than secondhand smoke, drunk driving and home fires combined; and

WHEREAS, throughout the Silver State, test results show that radon is present at elevated concentrations in about one out of every four tested homes; and

WHEREAS, any home in Nevada may have elevated levels of radon, even if it is not present in neighboring homes; and

WHEREAS, 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 per day; and

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

WHEREAS, it is important for the health and wellbeing of all Nevadans that one month each year should be set apart from the rest and be known as Radon Action Month in Nevada to support efforts to encourage all residents of the Silver State to test their homes for radon, mitigate elevated levels of radon, and have new homes built with radon-reducing materials and features;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of January 2022, as

RADON ACTION MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 2nd day of December, 2021

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