Bill would make Nebraska homes radon resistant

LINCOLN --- Keeping homeowners safe was the focus of a bill that would require that newly built residential houses be radon resistant.

Senator Bob Krist of Omaha says awareness of the dangers of exposure to radon have become increasingly alarming, much like the dangers of asbestos did 20 years ago.

Krist added that the colorless, odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and building radon-resistant homes is a way to combat the problem.

Proponent David Holmquist, a lobbyist for the Cancer Action Network, said Nebraskans the third highest prevalence of radon in the nation causing about 72 deaths in the state annually.

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