Radon is a national environmental health problem and elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state. The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon.
1 in 15 homes in the United States has elevated radon levels.The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you are at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some radon exposure studies indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon.
Information you should know about radon in New Jersey:
In New Jersey, there is a particularly uranium-rich geological formation, called the Reading Prong, which stretches from Pennsylvania through northwestern New Jersey into Southern New York State. Testing of homes built along this geologic formation has revealed high indoor levels of radon gas. Further testing in New Jersey, beyond the Reading Prong area, has shown additional areas where homes have elevated radon levels. This has led the DEP to conclude that radon is a statewide health issue. All homeowners are encouraged to test and, if levels are elevated, residents are urged to consider remediation.