Minnesota Radon Awareness Act

A bill designed to increase awareness of radon for people buying a home in Minnesota passed the state legislature in May and signed into to law by Governor Mark Dayton. A collaborative policy initiative between the Minnesota Cancer Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Indoor Air Unit, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (MN RAA) will protect Minnesota home owners and their families by informing buyers about radon during most residential real estate transactions. Effective January 1, 2014, all residential home sales (including: existing homes, new construction and high rises) in Minnesota will be required to conform to the MN RAA. The MN RAA does not mandate radon testing or mitigation.

  • Under the MN RAA, sellers must now disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the home.
  • The MN RAA also requires sellers to provide the buyer with a copy of the MDH publication entitled “Radon in Real Estate Transactions.” (Under development).

Advocating for statewide radon education policy during real estate transactions is Cancer Plan Minnesota objective eight, strategy 8.2. A special thanks to our partners in the MDH Indoor Air Unit and at the American Lung Association for their hard work and contributions towards this policy initiative.

Read the full bill here.

Breathing Easy: What MN Home Owners, Buyers & Sellers Should Know

Radon is a radioactive gas that enters structures from the surrounding soil. It is a naturally occurring gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking and causes more than 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Radon is an increasingly greater concern facing Minnesota homeowners. According to state records, since 2000 more than 40 percent of tests conducted in Minnesota homes have shown unsafe levels of radon. The Minnesota Department of Health suspects that one-in-three existing homes present a large health risk to their occupants if they are exposed to radon over several years. Homes with high radon levels are fixable, but first they must be tested.

For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation visit the MDH Indoor Air Unit website or call at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050.