The first bill requires licensed daycare centers, daycare homes, and group daycare homes to test their property a minimum of one time every three years for radon. This new legislation is effective January 1st of 2013. The other bill goes into effect on June 1st of 2013 and will require new residential construction to have passive radon resistant construction.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to cause cancer. It develops from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The gas can move up through the soil and penetrate buildings through cracks, sumps and other holes in the building slab or foundation. Once inside, it can result in high levels of the gas that people breathe.
The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.”
One Illinois company that provides radon and other indoor air quality testing services throughout the region is EC2, Inc. Ed Chambers, President of EC2 reported, “The recent bills are good news for Illinois residents. Radon kills thousands of people each year and these deaths are preventable. Affordable radon testing can quickly determine if radon is a problem in a home, school or business. Both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon and the experts at EC2 provide a quick response and rapid results for radon tests.”
EC2 has sponsored an online video about radon risks. It can be seen at:
To learn more about radon or other environmental and indoor air quality services, please visit http://www.4ec2inc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 703-9000.
About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 Corporations.