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New state code aims to reduce radon

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Beginning June 1, all new houses built in Minnesota will be required to include features designed to resist or reduce the infiltration of radon gas.

State health officials say the change is an important step toward reducing Minnesotans' potential exposure to a cancer-causing gas, but more can be done to reduce radon levels in homes, with testing as the essential first step.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

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