Hepburn among 8 townships targeted for radon test effort

Homeowners in Hepburn Township, as well as seven other central Pennsylvania townships known for having high levels of radon gas, will receive letters this month from the state Department of Environmental Protection with coupons for free radon tests.

Radon gas, an invisible, odorless gas that can enter a home through the soil, has been proven to appear in the areas receiving letters in numbers over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended amount of four picocuries per liter.

“Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels. From years of data we know that some parts of the state have higher radon levels than others, and we want to get test kits into the hands of homeowners in these areas,” Patrick McDonnel, DEP secretary, said. “We certainly continue to encourage all Pennsylvania homeowners to test as well.”

The other townships receiving letters include:

• Haines, Penn and Potter townships in Centre County

• Clerain and Little Britain townships in Lancaster County

• Derry Township in Mifflin County

• Peach Bottom Township in York County