- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Fayette County School Board has approved a sum of money that’ll be used to reduce the levels of radon at nine schools.

Media outlets report Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall says high levels of radon were discovered at those schools.

The district sent home letters to parents of students at those schools earlier this month. The board approved to use $571,846 to make adjustments to lower radon amounts on Monday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium that’s found in soils. It’s the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

The EPA recommends homes to have a radon level below 4 picocuries per liter. The nine schools tested between 4.2 and 15.8 picocuries per liter.

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