PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS P. O. Box 596 Avis, PA 17721 PH: (570) 753-5671 FAX: (570) 753-8083
John M. Reese • Dean L. Edwards, Jr. • Dave Winkleman, Jr.
Dear Resident: We have been advised by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), Radon Division that our township has at least one previously recorded radon test result greater than100 pCi/L or 25 times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guideline of 4 pCi/L. This is how the PA DEP selects certain areas for increased public awareness and test kit distribution. We hope that you are aware of the fact that Pennsylvania has some of the most severe radon problems in the country. Radon is a very serious health concern causing many lung cancer deaths in the Commonwealth each year. Most of these lung cancer deaths are preventable. To prevent most lung cancers, people could stop smoking and test and fix their homes, schools and workplaces for radon. Radon testing is easy and relatively inexpensive; in fact, through a program with the American Lung Association test kits can be obtained for free while supplies last. As the winter approaches, our homes are getting into the “heating season.” This is an ideal time for residents to perform radon testing. During this time of the year as a normal result of the cooler temperatures homes and other buildings are under closed-building conditions, which is a requirement for radon testing. To receive your free radon test kit through the ALA go to: www.lungradonkits.org. Begin by selecting Pennsylvania and entering your zip code. Test kits are available only while supplies last. Each kit includes instructions, return postage, laboratory analysis and reporting of results. After you receive your test kit and subsequent test results you can then contact the PA DEP, Radon Division in Harrisburg at 800 237-2366 or 717 783-3594 to have any questions answered.
Sincerely, PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Dean Edwards, Jr. John Reese Dave Winkleman, Jr.