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Radon (Rn)

Radiation Ray (Pollutant: Radon) Air Villain

Radon (Rn)


Alias: Radiation Ron

Status: At Large

Description: (Element) Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from various rocks, soils, and underground water sources.

Crime: Radon gives off radiation that can cause lung cancer. Radon is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer.

Cause: Radon forms from the breakdown of the natural elements uranium and radium. Radon comes from the ground and can enter a building from the soil. You can test your home for radon with an in-home radon test kit. When necessary, radon can be removed from your home by installing ventilation systems.