A lawsuit has been filed by 152 West Virginia residents, who have radon-related problems in their homes, against Richmond American and its parent company, Denver-based MDC Holdings Inc. High levels of dangerous radon were found in the Plaintiffs’ homes which were built by Richmond American Homes of West Virginia. It’s alleged that the companies failed to install functioning radon-removal systems in the homes that are involved in the suit.
Inhaled radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, killing 21,000 Americans a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But people poisoned by radon do not display symptoms immediately. Instead, the lung cancer incubates for years. West Virginia, which has radon-gas levels higher than the national average, requires radon-removal systems to be installed in newly-constructed homes. I do know that Colorado has high levels of radon. It appears Alabama has nothing similar to the West Virginia law. Andrew Skinner, a local lawyer, represents the West Virginia Plaintiffs in this lawsuit.
Source: Denver Post