Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HB 4606 - Child Care Act - Radon Testing

The Illinois Senate passed hb 4606 on May 22, 2012 by a vote of 052 - 006 - 000.

The bill provides that with the report concerning the most current radon measurements, a specific statement shall be included which specifies that every parent or guardian is notified that the facility has performed radon measurements to ensure the health and safety of the occupants and includes that the statement shall contain information about the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's recommendations that all residential homes be tested for radon and corrective actions be taken at a specified level and contact information for a parent or guardian to seek additional information either about the facility or regarding radon. Amends the Illinois Radon Awareness Act. Requires disclosure of only the most current (rather than all) records and reports pertaining to elevated radon concentrations within the dwelling. Effective January 1, 2013

Additional information regarding the bill can be found at


Tom Hardy said...

Okay I am very new to this, what is Radon? And how does this affect the child care in Frankfort, IL and that overall area?

Calvin Murphy said...

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes out of the earth and can build up in buildings. You cannot see, taste, or smell it. The only way to know the radon level in a house is to test for it. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Here is the Illinois Emergency Management Agency link

According to the IEMA website, 30% of the houses tested in Frankfort are above the action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

Hope this answers your question.