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  • Dangerous gas may lurk in third of Valley homes, Dec. 31, 2008, The Record-Courier, Gardnerville, NV
  • Radon test kits available for homes, Dec. 30, 2008, Las Vegas Sun
  • Agencies urge radon testing for homes, Dec. 12, 2008, Reno Gazette-Journal, Sparks Neighborhood
  • Free Radon Test Kits, Class Offered, Dec. 4, 2008, Mesquite Local News
  • Health Line 3, KVBC TV, Las Vegas, Nov. 18, 2008, featured a health report, Radon: what you don't know can hurt you.
  • Contact 13 Investigation, KTNV, Las Vegas, Nov. 3, 2008, featured an investigative report on Radiation in Granite Countertops.

    Radon Program's explanation of misinformation in this investigation:
    • The reporter mentioned that they tested for two different kinds of radiation. She mentioned radon gas, but the other kind was gamma radiation. None of the test results of the counter tops that NSHD tested for the TV report showed any significant exposure to gamma radiation.
    • Adrian Howe did not suggest that sleeping on the counter top was something one would do or condone, but that if one were to sleep on the counter top, the increased exposure, due to proximity and length of time (8 hours a night, 365 days per year) could be a significant health risk increase. Radon gas coming off counter tops will dissipate as it enters the atmosphere, thus exposure is typically nominal.
    • Radon gas does not come from cell phones, microwave ovens or the sun. Radon gas is a product of uranium, which is found in the earth's surface and all soils. It is usually in higher concentrations in granites, phosphitic soils and shales. Radiation is a term that describes energy that radiates out from a source. There are two types of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing. A light bulb for example gives off two forms of non-ionizing radiation light and heat. Microwaves and electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones would be other examples of non-ionizing radiation. Examples of ionizing radiation are X-rays, gamma rays, alpha particles and beta particles. Ionizing radiation does come from the sun and many other environmental sources around us including the soil which releases alpha, gamma and beta particles. Soil and rocks also release radon, which in turn releases gamma radiation, alpha and beta particles.
    • Free test kits are currently available from some University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices, not the Nevada State Health Division. Call 1-888-RADON10 for specific office locations.
    • The instrument that the reporter was holding was for measuring gamma radiation and not radon. The sounds emitted from the device did not have any significance as the instruments were measuring background radiation and the actual meter results are more meaningful.
    • Ms. Capps' house didn't have elevated radon test results, nor were there any elevated gamma screening results from her counter tops.
    • Ms. Barry's house did not have elevated radon test results nor any elevated gamma screening results from her counter tops.
  • Test your home for radon this month, Jan. 17, 2008, The Ely Times
  • Testing your home for radon, Jan. 2, 2008, The Record-Courier
  • Radon: Is it in your home? Dec. 29, 2007, Nevada Appeal
  • Southern Nevada Water System, 2008 Water Quality Report

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