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RADON TESTING: Senate Considers Bill

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The Senate State Government Committee met to discuss a bill requiring radon testing in schools.

Senate file 49 would require school boards to have a short-term test for radon gas at all schools every two years.

If the test shows above a certain level of radon, the district would have to perform a second test 90 days later.  If levels from the second test are still too high, schools would be required to implement radon mitigation.

Lawmakers say these measures are needed to keep kids safe.

The bill also requires annual, instead of biennial, radon testing for any school that has already implemented radon mitigation.

Under the bill, schools could use physical plant and equipment levy funds to pay for mitigation costs.

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