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DEP warns of high levels of radon in one midstate community

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2017 2:39 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Environmental Protection is warning about dangerously high levels of radon in one Cumberland County community.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may cause up to 
21,000 lung cancer deaths a year nationally.

The agency says at least one home in Hampden Township has a radon level 25 times higher than recommended. 

A DEP spokesperson says he could not share which area of the community is affected.

In a letter sent to one person, the agency says Pennsylvania generally has "some of the highest radon values in the country."

The state is providing grant money to the American Lung Association in the state for free radon tests kits to people in the township.

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