Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1988 law designed to protect school children from radon unenforced

By Ben Hall
Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Metro Health Department has launched a program to test every Metro school for radon.

That testing comes after NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered that Metro had failed to follow a 1988 law designed to protect school children from radon, a naturally occurring gas known to cause lung cancer.
The Health Department and Metro Schools both claim they did not know the law existed.

But former Metro Councilman Rod Williams said he cannot believe city officials apparently forgot or ignored the ordinance that he sponsored.

Ordinance 88-526 passed the Metro Council and was signed by the mayor back in 1988.  Williams was a passionate advocate for making sure Metro schools were safe from radon.

"Some in Metro want to bury their heads in the sand and hope that radon will go away," he said as he spoke for the bill in 1988.

"We're poisoning our kids." (link)

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