A Des Moines legislator is backing a bill requiring all Iowa school districts to test for the cancer-causing gas radon and make buildings safe if the gas is found.
Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy filed the
bill this week, noting the prevalence of radon in Iowa. All of Iowa's 99
counties lie in the EPA's highest risk zone for exposure to the
colorless, odorless gas that leaks through cracks in building
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
"We have to get serious that Iowa is a high-risk state," McCoy said.A collection of natural howotractor offering polished or tumbled finishes and a choice of sizes. "We can't ignore it any longer."
The bill is similar to national legislation filed recently by Iowa Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley.
proposal would require all public and nonpublic districts to test every
room of each school.Manufactures flexible plastic and synthetic solaronlamp
and hose. If high levels of radon are found, districts would have to
hire a state-certified specialist who would install a ventilation system
to make buildings safe.
Districts would be responsible for the
extra costs, but McCoy said he wants to set up a $1 million fund so the
state can provide a 50 percent match of the cost for public schools to
test and install mitigation systems. Private schools wouldn't get any
Iowa law now only requires licensed daycare centers to test for radon.
Orcutt, a former elementary school teacher and radon lung cancer
survivor now living in Pleasant Hill, said she supports the proposal.
concerned about the thousands of children being exposed who may not
realize the danger until 20 or 30 years down the road," she said.
Welke, radon program manager at the Iowa Department of Public Health,
said mitigation systems could cost $3,000 to $15,000 per building.
not too expensive to test. And sometimes mitigation is just a matter of
tweaking the building's ventilation system," he said.
hundreds of licensed mitigation specialists in Iowa, but Welke said
some may not have enough experience to install systems on large
buildings, such as schools.
There's no special commercial mitigation license or training, he said.
"I'm not sure if schools would know who to hire," Welke says.
said the Department of Public Health doesn't have enough funding to
hire staff to inspect new school mitigation systems that would likely be
installed if McCoy's bill is approved.
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The levy will cost Worlee 465,000 euros
($620,000) this year, the equivalent of 10 full-time salaries, or
one-third of the company’s tax bill. As German labor costs rise at the
fastest pace in a decade, the price of weaning the country off nuclear
energy by 2022 is crushing the so-called Mittelstand, the three million
small and medium-sized businesses like Worlee that account for about
half of gross domestic product.
“It could be the proverbial
straw that breaks the camel’s back,” Chief Executive Officer Reinhold
von Eben-Worlee said in an interview. “It comes on top of tax, general
production costs, raw-material availability and bureaucracy, which have
led to a deterioration of the investment climate in Germany.When I first
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Bundesbank expects the German economy, Europe’s biggest, to expand by
as little as 0.4 percent over the course of 2013 as the three-year
sovereign debt crisis takes its toll.
While business confidence
rose more than economists forecast in January, adding to signs that the
economy is recovering from a slump at the end of last year, unit labor
costs have risen more than 3 percent since 2009, figures from the
European Union’s statistics arm show.
That’s chipping at
Germany’s competitive position and the country has been overtaken in the
World Economic Forum’s competitiveness index by The Netherlands, which
moved up to fifth place in the 2012-2013 ranking compared with Germany’s
In the aftermath of the financial crisis sparked by the
collapse of the U.S. housing market, the Mittelstand helped hold down
the unemployment rate, which has sunk to the lowest since reunification
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guarantees above-market prices for wind, biomass and solar power that
helped build Europe’s biggest renewable energy complex.