Bill Requires Radon Reduction Systems In New Home Construction

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa House has unanimously passed a bill that would require radon mitigation systems in newly constructed homes in Iowa.

Representative Hans Wilz of Ottumwa says radon is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the move could help reduce Iowa’s rising cancer rate.

Wilz says it’s far less expensive to install what are called passive radon control systems in a home as it’s built rather than putting one in an existing home.

According to Wilz, good home builders are already meeting this requirement.

Representative Austin Baeth of Des Moines is a doctor of internal medicine.

In 2022, lawmakers passed a requirement that schools do frequent and thorough testing of radon gas levels in all Iowa school buildings and develop radon reduction plans.

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