Montgomery County to retest for radon at all 202 schools
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County school officials say they will retest every school in the county for radon after more than two dozen public school buildings showed elevated levels of the odorless, radioactive gas.
Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers released details of the plan late Sunday, saying it would create a new baseline set of data for radon levels in all facilities that are part of Maryland's largest school system.
Parents were informed last week about elevated ratings at more than two dozen public school buildings, including some that were discovered as far back as 2012.
Montgomery school officials say they think there's no immediate safety hazard from radon at the district's 202 schools.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to high levels of the naturally occurring gas can cause lung cancer.
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