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Georgia Outreach Activities Highlights

by Margaret Henderson

The Georgia Radon Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Indoor Radon Grant Program (SIRG) and is conducted by the University of Georgia. The program provides information, test kits and other outreach activities to encourage testing and mitigation. Outreach activities include site visits, teaching sessions and media other contacts.

The Georgia Radon Program conducted outreach visits to three high schools during fall of 2018 to provide education on basic radon information, including testing and mitigation. The goal was to provide knowledge and encourage testing and mitigation. Students in chemistry, environmental science, and biology classes received instruction and a test kit to use at home and return for a grade in class. A Skype session is planned with staff from the Georgia Radon Program to discuss the test results and possible actions needed.

Radon Included in the Utah’s Public Health Indicator Based Information System (IBIS)

by Margaret Henderson

Utah's Public Health Data Resource, the Public Health Indicator Based Information System (IBIS) includes information on radon. Data were provided by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Radiation Control.

Minnesota Department of Health Updates Quality Assurance Templates

by Margaret Henderson

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has published a 32-page Quality Assurance Template, “Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements.” The document and other information is available on http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigationprof.html.

Quality Assurance plans must be submitted by Licensed Radon Professionals in Minnesota and be based on USEPA guidance. Plans in existence may be acceptable, or new or updated plans may be reviewed during the application process for licensure. The MDH is providing a template for the plan; however, it is not a requirement to use this specific plan. Customized plans, provided by manufacturers and laboratories may be used instead, if available. Or individual plans may be acceptable upon review.

The MDH document defines Quality Assurance Plan as:

29th National Radon Conference - SAVE THE DATE FOR 2019

The National Radon Conference will be in Denver, CO in 2019. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand in Denver, Colorado, September 9 – 11, 2019.

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors E-25 Committee will be meeting in December 2018 to begin planning the 29th National Radon Training Conference.

To contact the E-25 Committee for more information:
Chairperson : Chrystine Kelley (CO )
Email: Chrys.kelley@state.co.us

or through:

CRCPD
Office of the Executive Director (OED)
1030 Burlington Lane, Suite 4B
Frankfort, KY 40601
Ph 502.227.4543
Fx 502.227.7862

South Dakota Informs Public about Radon through Education

by Margaret Henderson

The radon potential in South Dakota in more than half of the counties of the state corresponds with USEPA Zone 1 designation where expected values exceed 4 pCi/L. The remainder of the state is categorized as Zone 2 where levels are expected to be between 2 – 4 pCi/L.

With potential for radon exposure throughout the state, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Indoor Radon Program provides educational materials and information for the public to encourage testing and mitigation.

The department’s website presents the “National Radon Test” to give some basic understanding of radon to the public. https://denr.sd.gov/des/aq/radontest.aspx

Radon potential by county is shown in a map that identifies counties and their corresponding potential levels, based on data collected from the 1980s to the present. https://denr.sd.gov/des/aq/aarad.aspx#SouthDakotaLevels

Delaware Presents Radon Rights, Risks and Remedies

by Margaret Henderson

Home buyers in Delaware have the right to know about prior radon testing and test results if their home has been tested. This information is provided through a disclosure form. To provide homeowners with information on their rights, risks and remedies with respect to radon levels in the home, the Division of Public Health has created a helpful publication.

CRCPD Board Names New Chair of E-25 Committee on Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Chrystine (Chrys) Kelley, of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), has been confirmed as Chair of the CRCPD E-25 Committee on Radon by the CRCPD Board.

Chrys has served as the Radon Program Manager of the CDPHE for since 2005. During that time, the Radon Program has developed the Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program, hosted numerous meetings for stakeholders and the public, and seen the adoption of Appendix F, for radon resistant new construction, in numerous Colorado cities and counties.

As Chair of the Committee, Chrys will be involved in planning and assisting in the coordination of the 29th Annual Radon Training Conference, as well as addressing the charges of the Committee, some of which are to:

* Review and comment on draft and existing publications.

* Provide input to USEPA on the National Advertising Campaign and other public awareness activities, as requested.

CRCPD Names Bruce Snead as Radon Hero

Photograph: Bruce Snead, with Kansas State University and Josh Kerber, with the Minnesota Radon Program.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.
Radon Hero Award Presented to Bruce Snead

Bruce Snead is recognized for his leadership and dedication to reducing radon exposure over the last thirty years. The magnitude of reduction in exposure to radon which has resulted from the ongoing efforts of Bruce is immeasurable. This is because the impacts are not only through his own personal efforts for more than thirty years working directly in radon programs, but also from the efforts of each and every person [numbering at least in the thousands] he has trained and assisted across the nation during that time, all of whom have passed the knowledge and skills learned from Bruce on to others.

New York Stakeholder Meeting Summary

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 25, 2018, at the Traditions at the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 53 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, and radon testers and mitigators.

The keynote address was presented by Ronald Hublall, M.D., on the topic of “Avoiding Lung Cancer: Improving the Air We Breathe.” His address was impactful and moving. Using a case study from Illinois of a father who is a non-smoker and has a young son that has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung carcinoma, the presentation reinforced the importance of radon testing in the home.

Additional speakers presented on:

* radon and the real estate transaction

* continuous radon monitoring, testing and equipment calibration

* NYS regulations for the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP)

* radon testing and mitigation for contractors

Minnesota Posts Upcoming Training Opportunities at Locations in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its radon licensing page with additional training information. The updates include upcoming classroom trainings to be held in Minnesota. These classroom training courses provide opportunities to complete required training.

Licensing requirements for measurement and mitigation professionals are detailed on the website and the professional classifications are defined as:

* Measurement professionals: an individual who places and retrieves test device in buildings they do not own or lease.

* Mitigation professionals: an individual who installs or designs a radon mitigation system in a building they do not own or lease, or provides on-site supervision of mitigation work.

Measurement professionals must:

* Complete an initial radon measurement training course.

* Pass a radon measurement examination.

Mitigation professionals must:

* Complete an approved radon measurement course.