News : Inspector says radon is a hidden menace

May 23, 2011

Foster's Daily Democrat

By Scott Szycher

ELIOT, Maine — Ask most people about radon, and they'll mention something about the testing they had done when buying or selling a property. But that could be a mistake with significant consequences.

Radon is a naturally-occurring element that forms from decaying uranium – which itself is abundant in eastern New England. Because Ice Age glacial action ground up uranium deposits and mixed them into the soil, radon comes mostly from the soil, but can also come from ledge and rocks.

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