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State says Cortland County has the highest radon gas levels in the U.S.

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New York State recently listed the counties in New York State that have the highest levels of radon gas. Several Upstate New York counties rank high on the list and Cortland County is number one.

Cortland County's high radon levels go back. Way back. When the ice age ended and the glaciers melted - Cortland County was left with large particle soil that allows naturally occurring radon gas to pass through. Geology may be to blame but for years Derek Green from Cortland County Environmental Health has been educating neighbors and providing radon test kits. When it comes to radon, what you don't know can hurt you.

Radon is odorless and colorless but is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer but remediation systems can draw the gas out of the ground and vent it out through a homes' roof. Green says many Cortland County homes are already protected and with just a a phone call anyone living in Cortland County can get a free test kit.

If you need it, radon remediation is not as expensive as some people think. A vent system typically costs between one and three thousand dollars.

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