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What is radon, and why is it dangerous?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:38
Susan Howe

The action level for radon, the level where the health risk warrants fixing, is 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/l). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in 15 homes nationwide has an elevated level of radon (a level at or above the action level), while one in four homes tested in Nevada has an elevated radon level.

Because Nevada lacks any regulations that protect citizens from radon, the first step toward risk-reduction occurs through education. The second step is to test, as testing is the only way to determine a home or building's radon level.

Additionally, a home should be tested every two years, before or after remodeling and after significant seismic activity.

Read more here.

Radon risks - How concerned should you be?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:11
Consumer Reports and Connie Thompson

Beautiful home, but how can you tell if the soil it's built on is emitting hazardous radon gas?

According to the Washington State Department of Health, radon is the single largest source of radiation for most residents of Washington and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

You should definitely take radon seriously if it's present in your home. But that doesn't mean you should walk away from a home you're considering for purchase because of radon fears.

Read more here.

Florida Radon Poster Appears as Snippet in Google Search

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:55

by Margaret Henderson

When searching “radon in Florida” the internet search return included an excerpt from “Radon Highlights” of the Florida Department of Health website. http://www.floridahealth.gov/Environmental-Health/radon/index.html Along with the excerpt appeared a snippet—a Florida radon poster winner.

One in five homes in Florida has tested with radon levels in excess of the 4 pCi/L EPA recommended action level. The Radon Highlights page gives a wide array of information. It includes a graphic and link to www.radonleaders.org. Testing requirements and recommendations are given in detail. Information on Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) includes a list of more than 60 contractors who have attended trainings on RRNC, the department’s sponsored Florida Homebuilders Association awareness trainings on the techniques of the Florida Statewide Building Code. A section of the website includes information from the National Radon Action Month. Finally, the site includes a poster winners, including the one featured in the snippet, “Don’t Put a Smile on Death’s Face with Radon!” http://www.floridahealth.gov/Environmental-Health/radon/Outreach/_images/hass-1st-stephanie-salgado.png

For information about radon in Florida, contact:
Florida Department of Health

Bureau of Environmental Health
Radon and Indoor Air Quality

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #A08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720

Telephone:
850-245-4288

800-543-8279

Idaho Offers Free Radon Training During May 2017

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:14

by Margaret Henderson

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is offering free training in a two-hour interactive workshop on “Keeping Radon Out of Your Home.” The presentation will give a “Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon Resistant Homes,” explaining what the homeowner can do to help prevent excessive exposure and reduce the risk of lung cancer related deaths in Idaho.

Classes will be taught by Jim Faust, Indoor Environment Program Manager at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Jim has 12 years of experience working with radon education has extensive knowledge of Idaho’s radon testing program. Jerry Peterson, Energy Program Manager for the Idaho Division of Building Safety, will be teaching also. Jerry holds multiple International Code Council (ICC) certifications for inspections and plan reviews, and is nationally certified for conducting home energy audits, radon testing and mitigation.

Topics included in the class are:

  • mitigation strategies;
  • what products are needed; and
  • where to find them and how to install them to ensure that your home is more comfortable, healthy and code compliant.

This free training for homeowners, contractors and remodelers, will be taught in several cities:

  • Coeur d’Alene
  • Lewiston
  • McCall
  • Meridian
  • Idaho Falls
  • Hailey

For specific dates and times of classes, see http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=MCUnZuAp4Bo%3d&portalid=0. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Code Council (ICC) have approved the course for continuing education units (CEU).

For more information, visit the website:
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/IndoorEnvironment/Radon/tabid/939/Default.aspx

SAVE THE DATE - New York Annual Radon Partners / Stakeholder Meeting - November 8-9, 2017

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:27

SAVE THE DATE

Annual Radon Partners / Stakeholder Meeting

November 8th – AARST Training Day
November 9th- Stakeholder Meeting

To be held at: Traditions at the Glen, Johnson City NY

Day 1 – Training – Course Offerings:

• Morning Session (4 hrs): Radon Testing in Large Buildings
• Afternoon Session (4 hrs): Large Building Mitigations
• AARST/NRPP & NRSB members will earn Category A1 credits – 4 for each session
• NYS Licensed Home Inspectors will be eligible to earn CE’s

Day 2 Topics of Discussion to Include:

• DOH Radon Program / Healthy Neighborhood Program Updates
• Central NY Coalition for Healthy Indoor Air Updates
• EPA Updates
• Radon Risk / Health Effects
• AARST/NRPP Updates
• ELAP - Certification, Monitoring & CRM Calibration
• Large Building Protocols

Lunch will be served

Registration Fee: will be provided at a later date with Agenda for meeting

Vendor space is available for $75 a table

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Stephenson
Health Program Administrator
Radon Program
NYSDOH – BERP
518-402-7556
radon@health.ny.gov

Colorado Grant Provides Free Test Kits in Partnership Arrangements

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:41

by Margaret Henderson

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provided a grant for supplying free radon gas test kits and help with mitigation to property owners in Eagle County, Colorado, through 2017. This grant is in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center, Energy Smart Colorado, Shaw Cancer Center and Eagle County Environmental Health. This promotion was a key element in the 2017 National Radon Action Month events.

In Colorado, the average indoor radon level is about 6.4 pCi/L. The major source or radon in Colorado comes from natural geologic deposits of uranium and radium throughout the state.

Through this grant, free radon testing kits were available during the month of January from three locations throughout the Eagle Valley, including the Environmental Health Department, a pharmacy and the Science Center. In addition to the free test kits, Energy Smart Colorado can provide financing and up to a $500 rebate locally for eligible homeowners interested in Radon Mitigation systems with a Home Energy Assessment.

For more information about radon in Colorado, visit:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/environment/radon

DC Mapping Shows Radon Test Results and Lung Cancer Data

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:46

by Margaret Henderson

The Washington, DC, Department of Energy and Environment website features radon and lung cancer mapping at https://doee.dc.gov/node/22322.

Maps include:

  • Spatial distribution of radon in homes test results (2010-2012).
  • Spatial distribution of radon in homes in excess of 2.5pCi/L and lung cancer rate (per 10,000 population) from 2004 to 2008.
  • Radon test kit results 2010-2015.
  • Lung cancer prevalence and hospital discharges in 2010 (per10,000 population).

The website also provides common myths, information about radon and health effects, links to information and resources and an offer for free radon test kits.

District residents can obtain a free radon test kit by calling the radon hotline at (202) 535-2302 or by submitting request a free radon test kit.

For more information, contact:
Keith Keemer
Environmental Protection Specialist
Air Quality Division
Department of Energy & Environment
Government of the District of Columbia
1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Desk: (202) 535-2999
Cell: (202) 369-3610
Web: http://doee.dc.gov.
Keith.keemer@dc.gov

Texas Tech University State Indoor Radon Grant Provides Training Course

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 00:38

by Margaret Henderson

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health of Texas Tech University will be sponsoring a course, conducted by and in partnership with the Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. The Combined Radon Measurement and MitigationCourse and Exams will be presented May 15-20, 2017 in Lubbock , Texas.

The Texas program homepage http://www.tiehh.ttu.edu/radon/news--resources.html provides information on radon. The website notes that several areas of Texas (county by county) may have a moderate potential for indoor radon, such as in the Panhandle area. However, the average radon level in homes is within norms. Texas has no areas of high potential. See the Texas Potential map http://www.tiehh.ttu.edu/radon/index.html#how_are_you_exposed_to_radon

Course information is available at http://www.engext.ksu.edu/radoncourseschedule
To register, see https://www.enrole.com/ksu/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=605097AX&courseId=RADONCOURSE&categoryId=10001

Contact Information for Texas Tech University:
Telephone: 806-834-4567
Fax: 806-885-2132

Testing for Radon in Schools in Vermont

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 00:36

by Margaret Henderson

The Health Department’s Radon Program performs free radon screenings each winter for schools in Vermont. A message to school administrators and nurses is provided on-line at http://healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017/01/ENV_HS_Radon_Letter_to_School_Nurse.pdf

Since 2005, in schools that have tested, 12% approximately have tested above the USEPA recommended action level of 4pCi/L. Eight of the 68 public schools (11.8%) tested had results above 4pCi/L level as of December 2016. Concentrations as high as 20% have been reported. The department estimates that there could be an additional 20 schools that have not been tested but would be expected to have high levels.

The Health Department offers free school radon testing and technical assistance to schools with elevated levels of radon. For more information, call the Radon Program at 800-439-8550 or email radon@vermont.gov.

http://healthvermont.gov/environment/school/radon-schools

Oregon Radon Program Gives Guidance on Public School Testing

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 17:08

by Margaret Henderson

“Testing for Elevated Radon in Oregon Schools” has been published on the Oregon Health Authority website. See
https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/RadonGas/Documents/ORv1FINAL-pubs_Testing%20for%20Elevated%20Radon%20in%20Oregon%20Schools%202016.pdf (June 2016)

This document provides Oregon school districts with a protocol to accurately test for elevated radon levels in school buildings, per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 332.166-167, Tests of schools for elevated levels of radon; plan; results.

The statutes require school districts to develop a plan for testing and lists minimum provisions for the plan. The Oregon Health Authority was required to develop model plans. Other reporting requirements are also specified. As of December 2, 2016, the number of school districts having submitted plans in compliance with the law was 167. A listing of districts is posted on the website. The model plan, a detailed 60-page report, lists protocol objectives for testing accurately, understanding the law, interpreting test findings, using equipment, and understanding basics of mitigation, along with several other key issues.

A section of the Radon Program website is devoted to “Testing in Oregon Schools.”
https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/RadonGas/Pages/Testing-in-Schools-.aspx The website gives useful planning and testing publications and other references.

For more information about Oregon school testing, contact:

Oregon Radon Awareness Program
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 640
Portland, OR 97232-2162
Radon.program@state.or.us
Fax: 971-673-0979

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