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PA DEP Secretary Announces Pennsylvania's Radon Poster Contest Winners
Date:11/15/2007

State Winners Enter National Competition to Raise Radon Awareness

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three Pennsylvania students are advancing to national competition after winning the state's radon poster contest, which is designed to raise awareness about this potentially dangerous gas.

"I congratulate these students on their creativity in helping to make more people aware of radon, and I urge everyone to have their homes tested for this gas," Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said in announcing the winners. "Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind cigarette smoking. Many homes throughout Pennsylvania may have high levels of radon, yet the occupants are not aware. That's why it's so important to test."

The National Safety Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsored the radon poster contest for students ages 9 through 14. The Pennsylvania winners are:

-- First place: Maria Lydon, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, a sixth-grade student at Keystone Oaks Middle School in Pittsburgh. Maria's teacher is Nadine Pisani.

-- Second place: Colleen Devine, Edinboro, Erie County, a seventh-grade student at Villa Maria Elementary School in Erie. Colleen's teacher is Mary Wright.

-- Third place: Angelika Wyzlie, East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, a sixth-grade student at J.T. Lambert Intermediate School in East Stroudsburg. Angelika's teacher is Sheila Bove.

The students' posters will enter the national competition, where the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in January in Washington, D.C.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in rocks and soil through the breakdown of uranium. Radon enters homes through cracks in basements and foundations and can build to levels above what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers healthy.

The only way to know the radon level is to test, which mos
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