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WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to more than 700 lung cancer deaths in Virginia each year; and
WHEREAS, 46 of Virginia's counties and 15 of Virginia’s cities have been identified as having a high risk for radon exposure and are encouraged to adopt Appendix F of the International Residential Building Code pertaining to Radon Resistant New Construction; and
WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce harmful radon levels if found in their homes; and
WHEREAS, inexpensive at-home radon test kits may be used to measure indoor levels of radon gas; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health’s Radon Program offers outreach and educational efforts to help reduce the lung cancer risk posed by elevated levels of indoor radon gas; and
WHEREAS, National Radon Action Month is an opportunity to educate individuals on the available measures to reduce radon;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2019 as NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.