Radon occurs naturally, so it is inevitable that people will be exposed to this toxic gas. But the technology exists to mitigate its effects by filtering it out of the water supply. According to the article, it would cost only $79 million over 20 years to make drinking water safe for the sixty percent of New Jerseyans who get their water from river sources - peanuts compared to the tax break that our Governor gave to millionaires. Filtration systems for homes that get their water from wells could cost up to $5000 - less than the medical care for cancer treatment.
So a decade after this problem has been identified, how is the state responding? They are "analyzing" the data! Governor Christie and his Evian-drinking cronies are no friend of the environment, so don't look for leadership from his office to address the problem. Fortunately, radon - unlike other nasty stuff that pollutes the environment - has no lobby, so there's a chance that progress can be made in cleaning up this toxin.
I'm glad that the Inquirer devoted space to this issue, but like other stories in this short attention span society, it will be stale and forgotten by this time tomorrow - only to be recognized by those families whose loved ones succumb to radon poisoning. It is up to us to bring this to the forefront and ensure our legislators are aware of the problem that impacts all of us - and they take action.
Cross-posted from Blue Jersey
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