The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Children’s Health at Risk in Some Maryland Area Schools

Jan 4, 2016

Twenty-eight Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools have elevated levels of radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas created during the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils. It is found in nearly all soils. Radon typically moves up through the ground and into homes and buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Breathing air that contains radon can cause lung cancer. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Parents and teachers were outraged upon learning about the elevated levels of radon and that nothing had been done about it. Some of the radon test results date from the past five years and some results are even older. The interim superintendent claims the schools are safe, even though some schools tested THREE TIMES higher than the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) safety limits!

Parents and teachers took a stand at a school board meeting, and now the officials are retesting. What do they have to do to get the schools to actually FIX the problem?!