Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Radon is a naturally occurring colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that can gradually seep into any building through cracks and other openings in a foundation and, when concentrated in high levels, can pose a threat to the health of Massachusetts residents; and

Whereas The only way to know if a house has a radon problem is to test.  Radon can be found in all types of homes both new and old, in every part of Massachusetts; and

Whereas The U.S. Department of Health estimates that 1 in 4 homes in the Commonwealth have potential to exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter of air; and

Whereas Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers in the United States.  The EPA estimates that approximately 21,000 Americans die each year as a result of radon induced lung cancer; and

Whereas Testing for radon gas is relatively simple and inexpensive and high levels of radon in the home can be reduced; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the EPA, the Surgeon General of the United States and a number of other national health agencies have urged that all homes be tested for radon,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim January 2014, to be,

RADON ACTION MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eighteenth day of December, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts