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Iowa Radon Poster Contest Winners to be Recognized by EPA

Release Date: 01/19/2012
Contact Information: David Bryan, (913) 551-7433, bryan.david@epa.gov; or Chelsey Derks, (913) 551-7240, derks.chelsey@epa.gov

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(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 19, 2012) - EPA Region 7 will recognize the Iowa Radon Poster Contest winners at an award ceremony at 1:00 p.m. today at Sacred Heart School in Boone, Iowa.

Iowa's First Lady, Chris Branstad, will attend the event, along with representatives of EPA, Iowa Department of Public Health, American Lung Association of Iowa, and Boone County Health Department. The award ceremony is open to the press.


WHAT: Iowa Radon Poster Contest Award Ceremony

WHEN: 1:00 p.m., January 19, 2012

WHERE: Sacred Heart School, 1111 Marshall Street, Boone, Iowa 50036

WHO: Iowa’s First Lady, Chris Branstad; EPA Region 7 Radiation and Indoor Air Specialist Bob Dye; Representatives from Iowa Department of Public Health, American Lung Association of Iowa, and Boone County Health Department

The Iowa Radon Poster Contest was part of the National Radon Poster Contest. This contest takes place as an outreach program to inform the community of the dangers of radon during National Radon Action Month, which occurs every January. About 170 posters were entered from Iowa from 10 different schools.

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and kills more than 21,000 people annually. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.

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