The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 30, 2013

Minnesota's new radon law a good step

Why it matters: New Minnesota radon law a good safeguard, particularly for those in southern Minnesota.

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Some counties — including the environmental health office in Brown and Nicollet counties — are taking the opportunity of the new law to offer free radon testing kits on a first-come, first-served basis. But easy-to-use test kits can be bought at most home improvement and hardware stores.

If you do have high radon levels, the good news is that protecting yourself is not overly expensive. In Minnesota, radon mitigation can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, but usually averages just over $1,000. There are many contractors certified in installing radon mitigation systems.

Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, the new year is a good time to get your house tested for radon. It’s a simple task that could have huge benefits.

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