Majority Republicans on a House committee rejected a proposal this week requiring mandatory testing for radon gas when selling a home, saying the requirement could further dampen an already depressed real estate market.
Members of the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee were told by Schafer that radon, a radioactive gas occurring naturally from the decay of uranium in soil and bedrock across Colorado, collects in enclosed spaces—such as homes—and is known to cause cancer.
“We want homebuyers to know what they’re buying,” Schafer said. “After that, it’s up to buyers and sellers to come to terms.”
Schafer cited American Lung Association data asserting that radon is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and is responsible for an estimated 500 lung-cancer deaths in Colorado annually.
Yet, Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, says he’s not ready to accept that 500 lung cancer deaths can be attributable to radon alone, and he said there may not be conclusive enough data to require homeowners to jump through added hoops when selling their home.
“I’m concerned about the extra burden and cost for sellers,” said Liston. “We don’t need to add another hurdle to sellers of real estate in this economic environment.”
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