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Radon is a major concern in many Tribal communities. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive

gas that is known to the EPA to be a carcinogen. It can be found in indoor air or drinking water,

though the majority of radon is found in indoor air and caused by radon in the soil under homes.

According to the EPA, radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, and is the second leading

cause of lung cancer, only behind smoking. Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of

lung cancer.12 Radon contamination is preventable, but poor housing conditions and low use of

found in indoor air and caused by radon in the soil under homes.

According to the EPA, radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon contamination is preventable, but poor housing conditions and low use of radon resistant construction techniques throughout Indian Country have put many Tribal

communities at risk. Retrieved from

The National Tribal Air Association’s

National Indoor Air Quality

Needs Assessment for

Indian Country

Updated and Revised Report

May 2017

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