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Highlights of the NYS Radon Stakeholders Meeting in October

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 10, at the Traditions at the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 54 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors and radon testers and mitigators. AARST held training sessions on October 7,8, and 9th ahead of the meeting. Training course topics covered were: Multi Family Measurement, Multi-Family Mitigation and the Mechanics of Radon.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lane Mathis Price, MD, was unable to travel and present the keynote address, “Past, Present and Future”. George Schambach, NY President, American Association Radiation Scientists and Technologists delivered the presentation that she prepared.

Additional speakers presented on:

· Mechanics of Radon

· Environmental Laboratory Approval Program Q & A Session

· Environmental Public Health Tracking

· USDA Single Family Housing Loan & Grant Programs

Colorado Cancer Plan for 2020 Targets Radon

The Colorado Cancer Control Plan 2016 – 2020, Roadmap to Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Colorado targets radon in its section on environmental exposures that lead to cancer. The Plan, a product of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Cancer Coalition, which includes numerous contributors, sets strategies, objectives and measures for the state for 2020.

The CDHPE has an active program to support radon reduction. The Program has studied Behavioral Risk Factors for Radon and notes that 42.0 percent of adults have tested their home for radon (2012). Findings were that while 72 percent of Coloradans were aware of the dangers of radon, only 42 percent have

tested their homes.

Minnesota Activities Ongoing and Planned for the Rest of the Winter

The Minnesota Department of Health is busy with several radon activities to promote awareness of radon and encourage testing and education about radon. These include:

· Marketing campaign statewide, including TV, radio, web, highway billboards and Pandora (Pandora is new this year)

· Minnesota Wild hockey game spots featuring Rachel Malmberg from CANSAR, to be show during games

· Press release to be issued in early January featuring our radon mitigation maps

· Approximately 8,000 test kits distributed to over 100 local partners (county health departments, non-profits, housing organizations)

· New online child care class on home health hazards, including radon

· Social media campaign through MDH Facebook and other outlets

· Ongoing real estate classes and other education

For more information, contact

Daniel Tranter

Supervisor | Indoor Air Unit

Minnesota Department of Health

Office: 651-201-4618

Illinois Senate Democrats Declare January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit. You can find a local, licensed professional here. OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

12 hours before you begin your test…

· Keep all doors and windows shut.

· Do not operate fans or other machines which bring air in from outside (unless from a radon reduction system).

Where do I place my radon tester?

· 3 feet from exterior doors and windows.

· 20 inches to 6 feet above the floor.

· 4 inches from any other object.

· Never place the radon detector in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, or in a crawl space.

What to do next?

· Be sure you accurately record the start and stop dates of your test.

Connecticut Receives 210 Student Entries in Poster Contest

Six Connecticut schools participated in this year’s State of CT Radon Poster Contest. A total of 210 students in grades 4th through 7th submitted posters. Posters were judged by staff in the Environmental Health Section at the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine a first, second, and third prize winner. To increase awareness about radon and lung health, the top 14 posters will appear in the 2020 CT DPH State Radon Poster Contest calendar. A copy of the calendar will be given to each student and teacher who participated in the contest. All posters from the contest will be on display in January at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT for National Radon Action Month.

For more information, contact:

Allison Perry Sullivan
Supervising Environmental Analyst
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Radon Program
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS # 12-RAD
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: 860-509-8140
allison.sullivan@ct.gov

Tennessee Offers Free Radon Test Kits as Part of "Radon Action Month"

Thursday, January 02, 2020 | 12:28pm

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits for Tennesseans to test their homes in January. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed the month as “Radon Action Month.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

“We hope Tennesseans will take advantage of the offer of free test kits,” Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, director of the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices at TDEC, said. “We want people to be aware of the potential for radon in their homes, that testing for it is free and easy, and that there are ways they can mitigate it if they find they have a radon problem.”

North Carolina Durham Board of County Commissioners Proclamation on NRAM

DURHAM BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Proclamation

NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH | 2019

WHEREAS, radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that may threaten the health of our
citizens and their families; and

WHEREAS, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and is the leading
cause of lung cancer in non-smokers; and

WHEREAS, the National Academy of Sciences estimates that up to 21,000 lung cancer deaths
occur in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS, one in 15 homes across the U.S. have elevated radon levels; and

WHEREAS, any home may have elevated levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do not,
and living in a home with an average radon level of 4 picocuries per liter of air
poses a similar risk of developing lung cancer as smoking half a pack of cigarettes
a day; and

WHEREAS, testing for radon is simple, inexpensive and radon problems can be fixed; and

City of Fort Collins Mayor Proclaims NRAM

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, January is National Radon Action Month and all Fort Collins community
members are strongly encouraged to test their homes for radon; and

WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is
the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to as many as 500 lung
cancer deaths in Colorado each year; and

WHEREAS, any home may have high levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do
not, and elevated levels pose a serious health threat to community members; and

WHEREAS, over 50 percent of Fort Collins homes have radon levels in excess of the
EPA recommended action level; and

WHEREAS, radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and Fort Collins community
members can test their homes using low-cost test kits available at the Senior Center; and

WHEREAS, all Fort Collins community members are encouraged to protect their

Virginia Governor Proclaims National Radon Action Month

01/01/2020

WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers; and

WHEREAS, children may receive higher radiation doses from radon exposure due to their smaller lungs and faster breathing rates; and

WHEREAS, radon exposure is a preventable health risk, and homes can easily be tested for harmful levels of radon using do-it-yourself test kits or the services of a radon professional; and

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce harmful radon levels if found in their homes; and

WHEREAS, 46 of Virginia's counties and 15 of Virginia’s cities have been identified as having a high risk for radon exposure and are encouraged to adopt Appendix F of the International Residential Building Code pertaining to Radon Resistant New Construction; and

January is ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois

January 02, 2020 Press Release

Statewide Radon Poster and Video Contests Now Accepting Entries

SPRINGFIELD – Cold weather might put a damper on outdoor activities, but according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) it is a great time to test your home for cancer-causing radon gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested. IEMA is encouraging people to test for radon during Radon Action Month in January.