Tahoe Sierra Club to discuss radon awareness
January 14, 2010
The Tahoe Area Sierra Club will met Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Round Hill Fire Station to discuss radon and its effect on the environment and its residents.
In recognition of National Radon Awareness month in Douglas and El Dorado counties, local expert Jeff Miner will discuss radon and field questions about the issue. Miner is the director of Radon at Tahoe and present useful solutions and tools you can use to measure radon levels in your home.
Radon is an odorless gas formed by the radioactive decay of radium, naturally occurring in granitic rock and soils. It is a class A carcinogen (the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers) that can seep into homes through crawl spaces or slabs. Data indicate that more than half of the homes in the South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Stateline and Zephyr Cove may have radon readings that are higher than the level (4 picocuries/liter) at which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges remedial action be taken.
Come early to enjoy refreshments and visiting with locals. All are welcome and invited to bring a friend.
For information, call Grace Anderson at (530) 577-2000 or Patricia Hickson at (530)401-1397.