Hard Facts: If a client or decedent has contracted lung cancer, I want a pathway to identify conditions/issues that may be the proximate cause or causes of lung cancer.or my clients serious illness reaction to moisture-caused organisms and toxins.
- In south Florida radon is more than common in high rise condos and apartments.
- The source of radon in these buildings is the presence of Radium 226 in the masonry blocks used to construct exterior (curtain) walls
- Official records reveal that in this county, an individual is five times as likely to contract lung cancer (fatality rate around 95%) as he is to die in a traffic accident.
- Official records kept with the Florida Department of Health reveal that well above 25% of residences in this county, tested for radon, have radon levels above the USEPA Action Level of 4.0 picoCuries per liter.
- Additionally, official cancer records kept at the U of Miami reveal that in Collier County, Florida, over the past ten years there have been an average of about 252 cases of lung cancer annually.
- It is also worth noting that medical treatment for lung cancer is generally about $500,000.00 for each of those 252 patients who are treated.
- A 23rd floor penthouse on Pelican Bay Boulevard exposed unknowing occupants to radon levels of 35 picoCuries per liter, nearly nine times higher than the USEPA Action Level as well as the Florida “Not to Exceed Level.”.
- Uranium U238 that has undergone radioactive decay into Radium 226 and present in hollow masonry blocks used to construct exterior walls may be the most significant contributor to indoor radon in south Florida.
- This writer believes radon would not be an issue.if effective fresh air systems had been installed in these high and low rise buildings. ASHRAE 62.2-2016 and the Florida Building code now require that all residences be provided with a provision for fresh air. 2017 Florida Building Code – Mechanical, Chapter 4, Ventilation. However lobbyists were successful in achieving exceptions that increase construction profitability.
- At least one lung cancer death was of an occupant who had turned off the radon system because of moisture and mold issues attributable to radon system operation.
- In Collier and Lee counties, there are entire high rise multi housing buildings that had an ERV Energy Recovery Ventilator installed in each residential unit to reduce high radon levels. Owners suffered serious mold problems for about three years before they finally accepted that the ERVs were the sole cause of the mold issue in each of the dwelling units in which ERVs had been installed. Once the ERVs had been disabled, moisture and mold issues disappeared. The salesman had told them of the near-miraculous humidity control and energy savings of the very expensive and bulky ERVs.
“It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled,” Mark Twain
A Quick lesson in Ventilation Facts that may be helpful.
“Nah, you don’t even have to test for radon in this home you are buying. We ain’t never had no radon around here, ain’t that right Jake?” “Nope, we ain’t. Besides, even if we did, all you’d have to do is open a window every few weeks to let the radon out.” FACT: In Collier County, Florida, official records show that a person is five times as likely to contract lung cancer as he is to die in a traffic accident. In many neighborhoods, 50% to 75% of the homes have radon levels above the USEPA Action Level despite that official radon map shows SW Florida to be in a low radon risk area. (Call the Florida radon office to confirm.) The highest radon level this writer has encountered was nearly 35 picoCuries per liter in a 23rd floor penthouse of a high rise on Pelican Bay Boulevard, nearly six times the “not to exceed” level under Florida Law. Elevated radon emitted from concrete blocks used to construct exterior (curtain) walls is remarkably common in high and low rise multi housing. Although Florida has had Radon Mitigation Standards in place since 1992, and despite that the law required that they be revised every two years, they have not been revised since June, 1992. Nor does anyone enforce them. Collier County permitting requires a permit to install a radon mitigation system, however neither Collier County or any other county in Florida has an inspector qualified and licensed by the state to inspect or to approve radon system installations. But they do it anyway. RESULT? The public is fooled. In Florida, radon mitigation is like the wild, wild west. “Well, boys. the sheriff ain’t in town, so you can do anything that you like, ain’t nobody gonna bother ya.” “There ain’t gonna be nobody a’lookin over your shoulder while you work or after you are finished.” “All ya gotta do is bring the radon down for a two day test. Whatever happens after two days,. . . nobody cares.” The official building inspectors are not trained, licensed or qualified to inspect radon work. They just pretend to do so. The Florida Radon Office has no persons assigned to inspect installations nor to enforce the Standards. For the past ten years, an average of about 252 individuals in Collier County contract lung cancer each year. Most lung cancer is not diagnosed until it reaches Stage IV at which point is is nearly untreatable. Death usually occurs shortly thereafter. It is estimated that the medical cost of each treated lung cancer is about $500,000.00. And some radon mitigators carry $2,000,000.00 in liability insurance.