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Home Energy authors and Cornell College of Human Ecology professors Joe Laquatra and Mark Pierce and colleagues provide important information for anyone interested in energy efficient and healthy homes. In this issue they cover the presence of dangerous levels of radon in natural gas extracted through fracking, surprisingly poor compliance with energy codes in new homes in New York, and more.

Did you know that radon in natural gas decays over time? Find out what that means when your natural gas is being "fracked" close to home.

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Comment by Joseph on November 6, 2013 at 3:47pm

Ed: Thanks for the insightful comment. I hadn't thought of that and have been looking for studies into the issue since your post. Haven't found anything yet. Will post when I find something. If anyone reading this knows of research on the topic, please let us know.

Comment by Jim Gunshinan on November 5, 2013 at 1:33pm

Hi Ed, I forwarded your comment to the newsletter authors. Hope they reply soon. Good question.

Comment by Ed Voytovich on November 5, 2013 at 1:28pm
Have researchers considered the possible longer-term impact on radon levels in homes as a result of the disturbance of the shale by fracking? 

I'm thinking in terms of new and alternative pathways being created for radon to move through the shale, through the earth above it, and into occupied structures at a higher level than existed pre-fracking.

I've seen radon levels at a given location here in Syracuse fluctuate considerably as a result of the usual variables, but one of my (many) concerns about fracking is that it will create new underground leakage pathways.

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