October 16 through October 22, 2011: Radon Action Week

WHEREAS, radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas found in soil and rock, that sometimes enters buildings and homes through openings in the foundation floor or walls; and,


WHEREAS, exposure to elevated levels of radon is an environmental health threat, and this exposure in homes is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause among non-smokers; and,


WHEREAS, any home may have elevated levels of radon even if neighboring houses do not; in some Michigan counties, more than 45 percent of the homes have elevated radon levels; and,


WHEREAS, testing for radon is simple and inexpensive, and homes with elevated radon levels can be treated; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and local health departments to encourage citizens throughout the state to learn more about radon and to test their homes during the upcoming heating season;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, October 16 through Saturday, October 22, 2011 as Radon Action Week in Michigan.