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Cancer-causing gas threatens 70,000 U.S. schools: Why you’d never know


A toxic, cancer-causing gas is threatening the health of students in thousands of classrooms across the country, but many districts aren’t doing anything about it, the Huffington Post reports. In an investigative report for TODAY, Jeff Rossen reports that radioactive radon gas — which is invisible, odorless and tasteless — exist in classrooms across the country at levels nearly twice the Environmental Protection Agency’s accepted limit. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, just behind smoking. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water that seeps into the air. The EPA estimates that it causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year

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