Radon bill passes in state legislature

10:55 AM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill designed to increase awareness of radon for people buying a home in Minnesota has passed the state legislature.

The bill's author, State Representative Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights tells KARE 11 the house passed the bill late last week. The bill is expected to be signed into to law by Governor Mark Dayton this week.

The bill, also known as the Radon Awareness Act, requires sellers to provide information to buyers about any history of radon testing and mitigation in the home, along with literature explaining the dangers of radon.

In a recent KARE 11 Extra, health experts claimed radon gas caused about 700 deaths a year in Minnesota and 21,000 nationwide. They believe it is the second leading death of lung cancer in the United States and the highest among non-smokers.

Radon is an odorless and invisible gas that develops in the soil and then can seep into a home through cracks in the basement.

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