Radon Tests for All Homes Urged

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Washington--Concluding that the threat posed by radon is much more widespread than originally thought, federal health and environmental officials last week issued a national advisory that recommends that most homes be tested for the radioactive gas.

Last week's advisory was issued in conjunction with a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that found that radon levels in nearly one-third of the homes tested in seven states and on Indian land exceeded the agency's recommended action level.

But they said the epa recommends that schools be tested for radon, especially those located in areas in which houses have been found to have high levels of the gas.

The new survey shows, agency officials reported, that radon country and that many houses have radon levels that require quick corrective measures.

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