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Iowa Senate passes school radon testing and mitigation act


The Iowa Senate today passed HF 2412, the Gail Orcutt School Radon Safety Act, which would require all Iowa public schools to test their attendance centers for radon and if necessary, mitigate radon in their schools. The bill passed on a 47-0 vote. “Today, Iowa is taking a significant step to ensure that the almost 500,000 Iowa school children and 37,000 teachers are protected from radon exposure,” said Kristina Hamilton, Iowa advocacy director for the American Lung Association. If the bill is signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds, it would require all Iowa public schools to complete radon testing by 2027 and repeat those tests at least once every five years. The law would also require all new school construction to incorporate radon-resistant construction techniques.

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