Archive for February, 2013
Minneapolis Needs Radon Mitigation in Schools
Radon mitigation in schools in Minneapolis is not a very popular subject, but given all the recent talk of protecting teachers, students, and faculty at our schools, it must be brought up. While the shootings in Newtown, CT are a true tragedy, they have sparked a debate in regard to gun control laws that may never end. While it is uncertain as to whether or not gun control laws will actually reduce the amount of crime in America, one thing is for certain. Radon mitigation in schools will reduce the number of cases of lung cancer.
If you have ever lived in Minneapolis, then you have probably heard about radon gas. It is known to affect a large number of homes, and is known to kill over 20,000 people each year. While these numbers are frightening, it is also shocking to know that radon gas is responsible for roughly one out of seven cases of lung cancer. While smoking is still dangerous and known to cause cancer, you must realize that radon gas can kill as well.
Benefits of Radon Mitigation in Schools
Radon mitigation in schools in Minneapolis should be a hot topic because one out of five schools has high levels of radon gas. This means that 70,000 schools across the nation need radon mitigation. Whether it be a lack of school funding, or knowledge on radon gas, it does not matter. The people suffering are teachers, faculty members, and students who will make up the future leaders of the United States. While verbally we acknowledge these people as some of the most important to society, unfortunately we have not taken the action of radon mitigation in schools to show it.
A Bill for Radon Mitigation in Schools in Minneapolis
A new bill is being proposed which will provide grant funding for all schools to receive radon testing. The big thing about testing is that this gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that testing is the only way that a professional can determine for certain whether or not you are in danger. In addition to testing, this bill will also provide funding for radon mitigation in schools that have high levels of radon gas. This will ensure that all Minneapolis schools are safe for students and teachers alike. Show your support for this bill by writing members of congress, or even speaking with a local politician.
Radon mitigation in schools is the first step of action we can take in improving Minneapolis schools. Radon comes from the soil when naturally occurring uranium breaks down. The gas then seeps through the foundation, and as previously mentioned cannot be seen or smelled. This means that there is no telling whether or not a school has high levels of gas. Help us protect our future from this silent killer, and contact a politician to show your support of radon mitigation in schools.
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