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Montgomery County Plans to Re-Test All of Its Public Schools for Radon Gas

By: Matthew Tievsky

Radon is an invisible, odorless, and radioactive gas that is emitted by the decay of uranium within the ground. (Uranium is used in nuclear power plants and weapons.) Exposure to radon can cause cancer, most notably lung cancer.

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Alarmingly, recently 26 public schools in Montgomery County have tested positive for radon levels that exceed the limit recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, Montgomery County school officials recently announced a plan to re-test all 202 schools (Montgomery County has the largest school system in all of Maryland). Many of these schools have not been tested for radon in several years.

Lead, asbestos, radon – all of these are examples of dangerous contaminants that are invisible to the naked eye, but which can infest buildings. If you have reason to believe that you have been harmed by such a contaminant, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.