Thursday public forum to focus on radon

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A Portland-based advocacy organization on Thursday will host a public forum on radon.

The event will feature several presentations about the odorless, colorless gas, which is the nation's second-leading cause of lung cancer, according to Cascade Radon. Among the featured speakers is Mike Brennan, head of the Washington State Department of Health's radon program in Olympia. The gathering coincides with National Radon Action Month in January.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas, a byproduct of geologic decay. But indoor health risks vary widely based on soil composition and the structure of a building. Many organizations offer home radon tests, and assist with fixes to make homes more radon-safe.

This week's forum begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Portland Water Bureau's Water House, 1616 N.E. 140th Ave., Portland. The event is free and open to the public.