Radon System Permit

Radon System Permit
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Posted on: May 29, 2013
New Radon Law Becomes Effective June 2013—Lombard Building Division to Require Permits
  • As part of a new State law that will take effect June 1, the Village of Lombard will require permits for installations of radon mitigation systems.
  • Also as part of the new State law, all new construction will be required to install a passive (no power fan) radon mitigation system.
  • Radon tests from more than 118,000 homes across Illinois found that more than 41 percent had radon levels above the recommended level for taking action. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause among non-smokers. The limit before a radon mitigation system needs to be installed is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air) as set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. A picocurie is the most popular method of reporting radon levels and gets its name from Madame Curie. It represents the radioactivity associated with one gram of radium, according to the U.S. Radon Management, Inc., nationwide radon reduction experts.
  • If a house has a passive mitigation system installed, but still tests over the limit the passive (no power fan) system will need to be converted to an active (power fan added) radon mitigation system.
  • While a homeowner or general contractor can install a passive mitigation system, only a state licensed radon mitigation contractor can activate an existing passive radon system or install an active mitigation system.
  • Residents who have questions about radon should refer to the Illinois Emergency Management Association regarding radon at http://www.illinois.gov/iema/NRS/Radon/Pages/default.aspx.
  • For questions relating to permits or the mitigations systems, please contact the Lombard Building Division at (630) 620-5750.