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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR 1-YEAR STUDY OF AREA RADON LEVELS

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Volunteers in Sandy and Provo are being sought by the state departments of Health and Natural Resources for a radon gas study, a spokesman said.

The agencies are looking for 400 participants in the yearlong survey, which officials hope will identify areas where naturally occurring radon concentrations are higher than normal, health department spokesman Dane Finerfrock said.Sandy residents who live east of 1300 East between 7800 South and 12000 South, and Provo residents east of University Avenue between 5000 North and 300 South are being asked to participate, he said. Volunteers will receive an indoor monitor.

Residents who are interested in participating should contact the state Bureau of Radiation Control.

Radon gas is a radioactive byproduct of naturally decaying radium found in some topsoils, black shales and granites. It enters homes mainly through cracks and holes in foundations or walls, Finerfrock said.

Radon particles emit energy that may damage lung tissue and cause cancer, and tend to concentrate in basements or areas where there is limited air flow, he said.