Verschoore Pushes for Legislation to Protect Renters from Radon Exposure

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

State Representative Pat Verschoore (D-Milan) is supporting new legislation that aims to protect renters’ health by requiring disclosure of dangerous amounts of radon.

“Since exposure to radon is a major health risk, it is important for renters to know if a high concentration of radon has been present in their unit and what steps that have been taken to mitigate those risks,” said Verschoore. “This is about safety. Landlords should have to disclose to prospective renters any issues that threaten the health and safety of renters and their families.”

House Bill 141, known as the Tenets Radon Protection Act, requires landlords that have reports about radon concentration to disclose those reports to tenants, as well as reports on any new testing done to tenets who reside on the third floor or below. Since radon comes from a breakdown in soil, the higher units in a building do not see the same exposure levels. Additionally, the bill requires a brochure describing radon hazards be provided to anyone signing a new lease.

Radon is a radioactive, toxic and colorless gas, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Consistent exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, with radon being the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. These cases of cancer could be prevented because of the high accuracy of radon testing and the low cost of radon reduction systems that can substantially reduce the levels of radon in a building.

“The costs of radon testing and mitigation are a small price to pay considering the risk is lung cancer,” said Verschoore. “Not only should landlords disclose this information to tenets, I would encourage all homeowners to get their homes tested to help protect their families from being exposed to this toxic gas.”

For more information on this, or any of Rep. Verschoore’s legislation, please contact his constituent services office at (309) 558-3612.