• On Monday October 29, 2018  MARP appeared in Ramsey County Court to present a motion for a temporary injunction against the enforcement of the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act.  MARP argues that the act is unconstitutional, because it creates two classes of people treated differently under the law.  Our association attorney’s site several cases including the recent sprinkler case as similar examples of laws that were ruled unconstitutional.   On Monday, MARP argued that the law should not be enforced until the case can go to trial and the judge can make a ruling.  The judge should rule on this temporary injunction before the end of the week.  If you have question about the lawsuit you can always contact the association for more details.

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  • 31 October 2018

    EPA Map And Radon Zones

    Radon mapThe purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes. This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location. Important points to note:

    – All homes should test for radon, regardless of geographic location or zone designation. How do I test my home?

    – There are many thousands of individual homes with elevated radon levels in Zone 2 and 3. Elevated levels can be found in Zone 2 and Zone 3 counties.

    – EPA also recommends that this map be supplemented with any available local data in order to further understand and predict the radon potential of a specific area. For more information, contact your state radon coordinator. Click Here for a US map (where you can select your state) to see if your state has more detailed information available.

    – The map should not be used in lieu of testing during real estate transactions.

    The Map was developed using five factors to determine radon potential: 1) indoor radon measurements; 2) geology; 3) aerial radioactivity; 4) soil permeability; and 5) foundation type. Radon potential assessment is based on geologic provinces. Radon Index Matrix is the quantitative assessment of radon potential. Confidence Index Matrix shows the quantity and quality of the data used to assess radon potential. Geologic Provinces were adapted to county boundaries for the Map of Radon Zones.

    About the Map

    Sections 307 and 309 of the Indoor Radon Abatement Act of 1988 (IRAA) directed EPA to list and identify areas of the U.S. with the potential for elevated indoor radon levels. EPA’s Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 3,141 counties in the U.S. to one of three zones based on radon potential.

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  • Recently, both Twin Cities newspapers have run articles about radon awareness as Minnesota, Iowa, the Dakotas and parts of Wisconsin are hotbeds for this radioactive gas. As you may know, radon occurs naturally with the breakdown of radium; it’s colorless, odorless and, unfortunately, can lead to serious health consequences; it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. 

    The good news is there are steps you can take to mitigate your exposure to radon. Any of the members of the Minnesota Association of Radon Professionals can help you deal with your radon problem. You’ll find a list with contact information by clicking on the MEMBERS button at the top of the page.

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