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Studies finds radon In Pennsylvania Homes on the rise while Marcellus drilling surges

The amount of radon in Pennsylvania homes has been climbing since 2004, according to new research documenting a ramp-up in the naturally occurring radioactive gas that coincides with the surge in hydraulic fracturing to stimulate natural gas production around the state.

The assessment, to be published Thursday in Environmental Health Perspectives, and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, draws heavily on 866,735 indoor radon measurements added to a state database from 1989 to 2013, with most of the readings coming from homes and taken when property is bought or sold.

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