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National Radon Action Month

January 1, 2018

WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to more than 700 lung cancer deaths in Virginia each year; and

WHEREAS, 46 of Virginia's 95 counties and 15 of Virginia’s 38 cities have been identified as having a high risk for elevated radon exposure; and

WHEREAS, exposure to elevated levels of radon in homes is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the Unites States; and

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce elevated radon levels if found in their homes; and

WHEREAS, inexpensive at-home radon test kits may be used to measure indoor levels of the naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health’s Radon Program offers outreach and educational efforts to help combat the lung cancer risk posed by elevated levels of indoor radon gas; and

WHEREAS, National Radon Action Month is an opportunity to educate individuals on the available measures to reduce radon;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2018 as NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.