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Dan West Award


Dan West received national recognition January 10, 2008 in Washington, D.C., for helping make Central Ohio a national leading model for the prevention of harmful human exposure to radon - a natural, odorless, and dangerous gas responsible for 15 percent of all lung cancer. 
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) recognized Dan West at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters for the public health initiative he has lead to provide radon control systems in new homes. West has operated Radon Systems in Westerville since 1985 and installs radon control systems in about 400 new homes each year. In addition, he annually mitigates about 1,200 existing homes.

"It's an honor to be recognized by AARST and EPA for this important initiative to control radon in new homes", West said. "I consider it a great opportunity to help builders and new home buyers across the country to achieve further progress in protecting families from lung cancer risks caused by indoor radon exposure."

The awards event took place at EPA headquarters and was followed by a Radon Control in New Homes Round Table at Johns Hopkins University. At that event, West discussed strategies with other national experts to duplicate central Ohio successes in other states. 

"The work of Dan West and other radon professionals is already reducing the loss of life from elevated indoor radon for hundreds of citizens each year", said William Angell, AARST president. "By expanding installation of radon prevention systems in all new homes, we can annually avert 200 additional lung cancer deaths each year." 

Based upon independent assessments of the indoor radon risk by the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Surgeon General notes radon in homes is responsible for more then 20,000 deaths per year. The EPA estimates that one in fifteen homes in the U.S. contains levels of radon that need to be reduced - compared to one in four in Ohio homes.