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Radon Mitigation Tag Requirement has been delayed until September 1, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is delaying the requirement in Minnesota Statutes, section 144.4961, subdivision 8(5), and Minnesota Rules 4632.7600 to purchase and attach radon mitigation tags until September 1, 2020. The post-mitigation checklist requirement is also delayed until September 1, 2020.

MDH considered the request regarding the financial burden expressed by some radon professionals and legislators. Delaying the radon mitigation tag cost will reduce the financial burden over the next three months and provide financial relief from COVID-19-caused decline in business.

All other licensing requirements are still required starting on June 1, 2020. This includes initial training and passing exams to apply for a professional license. In addition, professionals must follow standards of conduct, follow work practices, report data, and complete ongoing continuing education.

Connecticut Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program has taken the following actions to protect the health and safety of Connecticut’s radon workforce and state residents. ​

​An industry safety sheet with recommendations for radon contractors with regard to home inspections and radon testing during these COVID-19 times was shared with all nationally certified NRPP and NRSB radon measurement professionals in Connecticut.

Due to school closures, our qualified radon measurement in schools professionals were asked to postpone all school testing activities scheduled after March 13th, 2020 until next year’s testing season to avoid testing while school was not in session.

​All in-person meetings with Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program Staff have been canceled/postponed or moved to virtual platforms until May 20th, 2020.

North Carolina Completes Series of 16 Radon Webinars

The North Carolina Radon Program, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, has completed the 16th webinar in a series of one webinar each week over four months. The webinar topics ranged from “A Radon Primer” to radon mitigation systems, financing, school testing and more. The concluding webinar was “2020 Loan Program in North Carolina for Radon Mitigation by Melissa Malkin-Weber.”

About this series, Philip Ray Gibson, Radon Program Coordinator commented:

“Dr. Sarah Kirby of NC State University and I have had the honor of hosting 16 webinars, one webinar each week, over the past four months! An impressive 1,025 people registered to attend the live radon webinars. An additional 1,155 people viewed the recorded webinars on the NC DHHS YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUadR7S9ykdmUEkczk_T8DCozMzgwF2r_

Colorado Radon Mitigations Increase During COVID–19 Stay-at-Home Period

One aspect of the COVID – 19 pandemic, stay at home for two months, as ordered by the Colorado Governor, has resulted in an increase in radon mitigations, notes Chrystine Kelley, Radon Program Manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. With people staying at home, they have become more conscious of the results from testing earlier in the year when the department gave numerous test kits to the public during National Radon Action Month. During their time at home, they have been mitigating excessive radon levels in an effort to create an even safer indoor environment.

Radon testing and mitigation was considered an essential service by the Governor’s orders, and those services were allowed to continuing operating. They have been busier than ever, Chrys reported.

For more information on radon in Colorado, contact:

Chrystine Kelley
Radon Program Manager
Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
Phone 303-692-3442

1-800-846-3986

CRCPD and AARST Presented Webinars in April 2020

CRCPD and AARST presented webinars in April 2020 for members and certified professionals.

· Radon Standards Update for CRCPD members webinar was attended by 232.

· Radon Standards Update for AARST Members and NRPP-Certified Professionals webinar was attended by 213.

The webinars attracted wide representation from states in the US, as well as from territories and other countries.

Links for the webinars are:

AARST webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4981106938485623820

CRCPD webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6776214701925222657

The AARST webinar has been viewed 86 times. The CRCPD webinar has been viewed 80 times.

Free Webinars on RRNC - Save the Dates: May 28 and June 11

Below is information on free upcoming webinars on RRNC code adoption and implementation for state and local radon programs. Feel free to sign up if you are interested.

Chrystine Kelley
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Radon Program Manager


Radon Resistant Building Codes
Resources and Action Planning for Radon Programs
Webinar Series



SAVE THE DATES: May 28 and June 11

Join us to improve your understanding and ability to navigate the code adoption process for radon resistant new construction (RRNC) codes

REGISTER TODAY: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7OgugdY9TRxEw3X

MN Offers Last Licensing Webinar - MAY 20, 2020

MDH is offering webinars to guide people through the radon mitigation licensing process. These are free one hour tutorials and no continuing education credit will be awarded.

This is the last webinar being offered.

To register for the webinar, or with any questions, please email health.indoorair@state.mn.us.

Topics Include:

Licensing requirements
Which license to apply for (RMIT or RMITS)
Is a company license needed
Navigating the licensing website
Purchasing tags
Reporting mitigation data
Webinar Dates/Times:

May 20, 2020 at 3:00pm

EPA Spotlights Missouri for Education and Outreach to the Medical Community

The Burden of Cancer in Missouri: A Comprehensive Analysis and Plan, 2016-2020, is noted by EPA as a successful approach for reducing radon risk. See the plan at ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/Cancer/ccc/missouri_ccc_plan_2016-2020.pdf, is noted by EPA as a successful approach for reducing radon risk.

In this outreach to the medical community and with the input of numerous medical professionals, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services highlights radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, something the Department highlights as a target for reduction and elimination of excess exposures.

In the Section, “Environmental/Radon,” the plan notes:

Nebraska Cancer Plan Includes Radon Goals Until 2022

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has included radon in its cancer plan for the years 2016-2222. Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes. The results of more than half of radon tests in the state are above the recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L. The plan emphasizes primary prevention and encourages people to make healthy choices regarding radon.

Year 1 objective was to increase the number of Nebraska homes tested for radon from 73,280 to 74,280 by June 2018. Goals coincide with the evidence based information from the EPA National Radon Action Plan, setting:

· Short-term indicators (1st and 2nd year) as the number of homes tested, and number of homes mitigated for radon.

· Intermediate indicators (3rd to 4th year) expanded to include the number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated for radon, and the number of communities with Radon Resistant New Construction Codes (RRNC)

Idaho Tracks Radon Testing Data per Goal of the Cancer Strategic Plan

Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Strategic Plan 2016-2020 lists radon reduction as a Prevention Goal. See the plan at
https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/Cancer/ccc/idaho_ccc_plan-508.pdf

Goal 5: Reduce cancer risk related to environmental carcinogens, addresses radon with the objective of increasing the proportion of persons living in homes that have been tested for radon.

Strategic actions include:

· Implement evidence-based policies, programs and systems changes to share information among the public, researchers, regulatory agencies and industry about environmental carcinogens, specifically radon.

· Advocate for evidence-based epidemiologic and environmental monitoring and research across the life course (in utero and childhood, workplace, and multi-generational exposures).