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Protect Environmental Releases Inaugural National Radon Risk Index™

Index for leading cause of environmental cancer mortality released to empower communities with vital information to support radon-induced lung cancer prevention efforts

Louisville, KY, January 12, 2023 – In conjunction with the launch earlier this week of its interactive National Radon Risk Search™ tool, Protect Environmental announced today the release of its inaugural National Radon Risk Index™. The index pulls from the company’s comprehensive database of radon test results, which represents more than 2.5 million data points compiled from sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Protect Environmental’s own internal testing data, to rank communities across the United States according to their radon risk. The index, which will be updated and published each January in support of National Radon Action Month, ranks communities using the following data points: (1) highest radon level recorded in a building tested within the community; (2) average radon level of all buildings tested within the community; (3) percentage of buildings tested with a radon level above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 4.0 pCi/L within the community; and, (4) highest and lowest percentages of residential buildings characterized for radon risk within the community. The interactive search tool and index are designed to empower communities with vital information to understand the impact of radon in the places where community members live, work, and learn, as well as to assist policymakers with efforts to protect their communities from unsafe exposure to radioactive, cancer-causing radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that derives from the breakdown of Uranium. According to the EPA, exposure to the gas is responsible for the deaths of more than 21,000 persons in the United States each year, making it the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, second overall to smoking for all lung cancer incidents. Radon migrates into buildings through preferential pathways, such as gaps, cracks, and crevices in the building foundation, where it can accumulate in unsafe levels. The only way to know if the occupants of a building are at risk is to test the building. If a problem exists, occupant exposure can be mitigated using effective, efficient, and economical construction methods.

The National Radon Risk Index provides the following insights into radon risk within communities across the United States:

  • Highest radon level recorded in a building tested within the community: 7,879.3 pCi/L (Dallas County, TX)
  • Highest average radon level of all buildings tested within the community: 53.8 pCi/L (Hinsdale County, CO)

  • Highest percentage of buildings tested within the community with a radon level above the EPA’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L: 93.8% (Roosevelt County, MT)

  • Highest percentage of residential buildings characterized for radon risk within the community: 10.974% (Johnson County, IA)

  • Lowest percentage of residential buildings characterized for radon risk within the community: 0.003% (Hidalgo County, TX)

The full rankings contained within the index are available on the company’s blog, The Green Scene. To better understand radon risk in communities across the United States, use the Protect Environmental National Radon Risk Search™ tool.

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 18 years and more than 200,000 completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking to build and maintain healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Protect Environmental Launches National Radon Risk Search™ Tool

Interactive search tool provides radon risk information for communities across the United States to assist in the prevention of radon-induced lung cancer

Louisville, KY, January 11, 2023 – In conjunction with the launch of its next generation online presence, Protect Environmental announced today the launch of its National Radon Risk Search™ tool. The interactive search tool pulls from the company’s comprehensive database of radon test results, which represents more than 2.5 million data points compiled from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Protect Environmental’s own internal testing data, to provide the following radon risk information for communities across the United States: (1) highest radon level recorded in a building tested within the community; (2) average radon level of buildings tested within the community; (3) percentage of buildings tested within a community with a radon level above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 4.0 pCi/L; and, (4) percentage of residential buildings characterized for radon risk within the community. The interactive search tool is designed to empower communities with vital information to understand the impact of radon in the places where community members live, work, and learn.

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that derives from the breakdown of Uranium. According to the EPA, exposure to the gas is responsible for the deaths of more than 21,000 persons in the United States each year, making it the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, second overall to smoking for all lung cancer incidents. Radon migrates into buildings through preferential pathways, such as gaps, cracks, and crevices in the building foundation, where it can accumulate in unsafe levels. The only way to know if the occupants of a building are at risk is to test the building. If a problem exists, occupant exposure can be mitigated using effective, efficient, and economical construction methods.

“Knowing and understanding the risk created by exposure to radon, a radioactive, cancer-causing gas that often accumulates in unsafe levels in the places where we live, work, and learn, is essential to preventing radon- induced lung cancer,” says Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental. “Our interactive search tool makes understanding this risk much easier, which we hope will lead to more communities taking action to prevent this deadly disease.”

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 18 years and more than 200,000 completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking to build and maintain healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Ring in the New Year by Reducing Your Risk of Exposure to Radioactive Cancer-Causing Gas

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, but unsafe exposure is preventable

Louisville, KY, January 5, 2023 – This year more than 21,000 Americans will lose their battle to radon-induced lung cancer – that’s one life lost every 25 minutes. January is designated as National Radon Action Month – a time to focus on protecting our communities and saving lives through preventing radon-induced lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that rises from underground as Uranium decays. It can enter buildings through joints or cracks in the foundation, water supply lines, or other entry points. Since you can’t see, smell, or taste it, it can easily go undetected and accumulate at hazardous levels in any home or building. Exposure to radon can be deadly, as inhaling the radioactive particles can cause damage to the lungs. The only way to know your risk of radon exposure is to test the places where you spend time indoors.

“Radon is responsible for about 1 in 5 of all lung cancer cases, but many of these cases can be prevented through proactive attention and increased awareness,” said Kyle Hoylman, CEO of Protect Environmental, a national environmental consulting and construction company focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. “The EPA recommends mitigation of buildings containing a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L or higher. To add perspective to this number – exposure at the EPA’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L is equivalent to receiving 200 chest x-rays per year or smoking eight cigarettes per day.”

Counter to common belief, radon can be trapped in any home or building in contact with the ground. Radon doesn’t discriminate between homes with or without a basement, new or old homes, residential or commercial buildings – any building runs a risk of having elevated radon levels. Increased levels have been found in every state, according to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR).

The first step in understanding your radon risk is to test the place where you likely spend the most time indoors – your home. Low-cost test kits are available through our partner, RAdata Analytical Lab. If elevated levels are identified in your home, effective and affordable mitigation options are available through Protect Environmental.

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 18 years and more than 200,000 completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company delivers expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking to build and maintain healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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Protect Environmental Announces Brand Transition of Recent Acquisitions in Several Key Markets to Support Strategic Vision and Growth Trajectory

Brand transition announced by company as part of its charge to provide consistent brand identity and user experience across all markets

Louisville, KY, December 21, 2022 – We are growing. Today Protect Environmental announced the upcoming brand transition of its recent acquisitions spanning seven markets: Reliant Radon and Ace Radon (Denver, CO), Elliott & Associates (Chicago, IL), Protech Environmental Services (Ann Arbor, MI), RAdata (Flanders, NJ), Radon Be Gone (Columbus, OH), and Radovent (Salt Lake City, UT and Chicago, IL). Over the next two months, operations in these markets will complete the transition to the Protect Environmental brand, which embodies the mission, vision, and core values of the company. The transition marks another milestone in Protect Environmental’s growth strategy to expand its scale and solidify its presence in key markets across the country.

“The brand transition in these markets will be completed in the coming weeks as part of the launch of our company’s revamped website,” said Kyle Hoylman, Protect Environmental CEO. “This site will provide a consistent brand identity across all of our markets and be a valuable resource to understanding our business – assisting our clients with building and maintaining healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments in the places they live, work, and learn.”

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a national leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 18 years and more than 200,000 completed projects in all 50 U.S. states and 2 U.S. territories, the company provides expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking to build and maintain healthy, safe, and sustainable indoor environments. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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