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A bill designed to insulate new homes from radon is gaining traction among Nebraska lawmakers, but no major changes are likely until at least next year

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A bill designed to protect new homes from radon gas is gaining traction among Nebraska lawmakers, but no major changes are likely until at least next year.

Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha has introduced a bill to create a state radon task force, which would look for the best construction techniques to keep the cancer-causing gas out of homes. The task force would report back to lawmakers in 2017.

Nebraska has the nation's third-highest prevalence of radon, the odorless, colorless gas that seeps into buildings from the surrounding soil. Iowa and North Dakota are the only states where the gas is more widespread.

The bill is set for first-round debate this week.

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The bill is LB28

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