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Letter: Radon can be lung cancer cause

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy says she will be treated

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy says she will be treated for lung cancer. (2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Since radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, why isn't Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) suing Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency for excluding radon from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1976 ["McCarthy files suit," News, Nov. 10]? The effect of the exclusion was a failure to monitor groundwater for radon levels.

There is radon in groundwater feeding Long Island's public, private and irrigation wells that could have caused her lung cancer.

Carmine F. Vasile, Patchogue
 

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