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NORM IX Conference Is Quickly Approaching--Register NOW!

The International NORM IX conference is quickly approaching. The Scientific Committee has put together an excellent program with world-wide experts in radiation protection and naturally occurring radioactive material. The draft preliminary program gives titles of the presentations and posters. See https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/543/program-app/program. As you can see, there are numerous topics and excellent vetted presentations included.

- Early Bird Registration (at the $550 rate) closes August 15, 2019. Registration after that date is $650 for full registration. Register here at the NORM IX Website https://www.crcpd.org/mpage/NORMIX

- Remember to make your hotel reservation by September 2, 2019.
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Minnesota Announces Multifamily Measurement and Schools and Large Buildings Measurement Courses

Upcoming Radon Training and Continuing Education Opportunities For Multifamily Measurement and Schools and Large Buildings Measurement

Kansas State University/Midwest Universities Radon Consortium (MURC):
Radon Continuing Education Courses for Minnesota
https://radoncourses.com/classroom/schedule#minnesota

Two Advanced Measurement Courses:

Advanced Schools and Large Buildings Radon Measurement
Tuesday August 20– (8am – 5pm)
NRPP Course ID#: KSU-231 Applicable to: Measurement Course Type: Classroom C.E. Credits: 8 hours

Advanced Multifamily Radon Measurement
Wednesday August 21 – (8am-5pm) NRPP Course ID#: KSU-600 Applicable to: Measurement (MFM) Course Type: Classroom C.E. Credits: 8 hours

Location: Union Depot – Veterans Gallery Room
214 East 4th Street | St. Paul, MN 55101
651-202-2700

Fees:
Separate course fee - $160 per course
Combined registration for both Courses- $320

South Carolina Addresses the Public about Radon through Video, Map and Brochure

by Margaret Henderson

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Radon Program, encourages testing and mitigation through public outreach. Information is provided through various media, including video, map with radon data, and a radon brochure about South Carolina radon.

A 12-minute video by a public health specialist discusses how to test your home for radon. To view the video, visit https://www.scdhec.gov/environment/your-home/radon

In a static map, with data through March 2018, the average home radon concentration in each county is presented. See the map at https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/Radon_Map_2018_0.pdf

The map presents radon test kit results of those kits the Department provided to homeowners. The results are of initial testing, not post-mitigation. Results provided for Greenville County, for instance, indicate:

Maine Offers Free Check of Mitigation Systems

by Margaret Henderson

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Radiation Control Program, Indoor Air Quality Section, provides information about radon and inspections of mitigation systems to assist the public in reducing indoor radon. At least 25% of the homes in Maine that have been tested have had elevated radon levels. The Section suggests mitigation when levels exceed 4.0 pCi/L.

Testing and mitigation must be performed by entities registered with the state or by homeowners under Maine law. However, the law specifies that testing and mitigation of homes for sale must be done by a registered radon service provider. To assist in locating service providers, the Section provides a database search for registered services at https://pfr.informe.org/almsonline/almsquery/welcome.aspx?board=2458

Kansas Studies Reasons People Do Not Mitigate Their Homes for Excessive Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The majority of Kansas Counties have the potential for indoor radon concentrations to be in excess of 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) studied why people do not mitigate for radon and what barriers might be removed in order to improve mitigation rates and thereby result in greater protection of the public.

Surveying 2564 homes that had elevated radon (greater than 4 pCi/L) and no record of mitigation thereafter, the KDHE identified some key findings:

· Survey responses came from 71 people, either through the internet or by telephone call.

· Mitigation systems had been installed in 29 of the 71 homes.

· Cost was a barrier identified as preventing mitigation.

Oregon Features Radon in CD Summary

by Margaret Henderson

The Oregon Health Authority publishes an on-line publication called CD Summary through its Public Health Division, with articles contributed by public health program staff. The publication is provided for health care industry, institutions and other persons interested in public health. For some providers, depending on the topic, continuing education credits (CEUs) may be given.

Minnesota Fact Sheet on Radon Updated with New Information

The Minnesota State Indoor Radon Program is operated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) funds allow MDH to conduct outreach, education and research that contributes to over 34,000 radon tests and 5,000 mitigations annually in Minnesota. Minnesota provides matching funds (40% of total budget).

A recently updated fact sheet give more detail about radon in Minnesota, including legislation enacted regarding radon. The fact sheet is attached.

Highlights about the radon occurrence include:

· High radon levels exist in every state in the US. In Minnesota, nearly 80% of counties are rated high radon zones.

· About 40% of radon tests in Minnesota homes are above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

Information is provided about the Cancer Control Plan 2025, and Objective # 15, which addresses radon. Legislation enacted about radon in Minnesota is given.

29th Annual Radon Training and Other Special Announcements from Colorado

Hi Everyone,

On behalf of the CRCPD E25 Committee on Radon, I am thrilled to make a few special announcements.

• In an effort to let you "get to know" us, we have attached a document with all of our biographies and photos. Stop us and introduce yourself in Denver. If you are a member of radonleaders.org, please log in to see the documents. Others may contact me for information at the address given at the end of this article.

• Registration and hotel information is now available for the 29th Annual CRCPD National Radon Training Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 9-11, 2019 at https://www.crcpd.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1194740 Be sure to register for the conference on this site! You will also notice that we have two concurrent BTC trainings on Wednesday afternoon to choose from. Both are guaranteed to be fun and educational! We hope to see you there!

Colorado Shares Updated Radon Documents with Clients and Citizens

Contributed by Chrys Kelly

I now have the attached documents in color for distribution to your Colorado clients and/or citizens. If you are a member of radonleaders.org, please log in to see the documents. Others may contact me for information at the address given at the end of this article. The Colorado Real Estate brochure has been updated and may be be used in real estate inspections for realtors, home buyers and home sellers rather than the old EPA home buyers and sellers guide. This brochure is available in Spanish also.

We are currently working on a Colorado combined version of the EPA Citizens Guide/How to Fix Your Home brochures that we hope to have done in the fall.

Minnesota Announces School Indoor Air Quality Training

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Training to be held in September and October 2019. Attendees who complete the three-hour class will receive one hour of continuing education credit (1.0 CEU) towards their MDH radon measurement or mitigation license. This course is not approved for National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) credits. The training is being provided at no cost and is designed for:

· School officials, service providers, health professionals, and others who want to learn more about indoor air quality regulations, guidance and resources

· Public schools that need an IAQ Coordinator (expect to lose their current person or want a second person trained)

Details of the announcement follow:

School Indoor Air Quality Training