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Lon Barnaby had a home for many years about 20 miles from where Radon was first identified as a health issue. At the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant outside of Philadelphia all workers are scanned for radioactivity when they arrive at and when they depart from work. This area has become known as the "Reading Radon Prong". Radon discovery started when a worker set off alarms when he entered work at Limerick. His home was surveyed and found to have a radioactivity level of 1500 pCi/L, compared to today's actionable level of 4 pCi/L. The EPA funded efforts to establish a technique to mitigate excessive Radon levels. This technique is used throughout the USA. A Radon mitigation system normally costs between $800 and $1500, with installation time in 1 to 3 days.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The U.S. EPA estimates that Radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. It is a naturally occurring, radioactive and invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is found at low concentrations in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Although Florida has not yet required the testing of private residences, Florida requires mandatory testing of certain public buildings. Florida also requires a Radon Hazard Statement of Real Estate Sales Agreements.

Fortunately, Central Florida does not have a history of high Radon levels.

Lon Barnaby was licensed to perform Radon Measurement Testing for many years in Pennsylvania and he performed hundreds of tests. He was also licensed in Florida; however, there is very little concern about Radon in Central Florida. Usually only a few people moving here from northern states even ask about Radon.

Florida's Radon Program