Iowa Senate OKs measure requiring schools to test for radon

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Schools would be required to test for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can leak through cracks in building foundations, under legislation that passed the Iowa Senate on Wednesday.

The bill won bipartisan support, passing through the Senate 37-13. It now moves to the House. It would require public and private schools to test for the gas and install a system to expel it from buildings. It also would require residential construction companies to install pipes to extract the gas from homes built after Jan. 1, 2015.

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