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North Carolina Announces National Radon Action Month and Webinars

In support of National Radon Action Month activities, the North Carolina Healthy Homes Program has announced National Radon Action Month, January 1 – 31, 2020. https://nchealthyhomes.com/event/national-radon-action-month-2/

The Program calendar also lists the free webinars,

2020 Radon Webinar Series | Radon: A Primer for Everyone at https://nchealthyhomes.com/event/2020-radon-webinar-series-radon-a-primer-for-everyone/ For more information on the series, Email Phillip Gibson at phillip.gibson@dhhs.nc.gov

The Program website provides basic information about radon at https://nchealthyhomes.com/radon/ and is funded in part by the North Carolina Health and Humans Services Department, which maintains the radon website at http://www.ncradon.org/Home.html

Four Free Webinars in January 2020

Radon Interested Parties,

I wanted to let you know about four free webinars during the month of January 2020. These webinars are intended to raise awareness and knowledge of radon, the leading environmental cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Attached is the 7-page announcement in PDF format. (Please log in to see the attachment.) This announcement provides the specifics on each presenter and presentation. The announcement also provides a link to register for one or more of the presentations. Once you register for the webinar(s), an email will be sent to you with your link to join the webinar(s) you signed up for.

Please remember that you need to register in order to attend the webinars. Each webinar has limited space. You may register with this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyb0WWIWjKU587MJHAKhAlV_Me7v6Fh_a_BcODpI7wuO9-lQ/viewform

Collaboration Leads to Success at International Code Council Hearings

Contributed by Kim Steves (KS)

Every three years, the International Code Council (ICC) evaluates and revises the content going into the International Residential Building Code (IRC). The new version of the IRC is then adopted by many states, counties and/or cities/towns. Radon Resistant New Construction building codes are included in Appendix F of the IRC.

Collaboration among the Conference of Radiation Program Directors (CRCPD), the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through submittal of written comments and testifying in person at the hearings led to supporting votes at the ICC public comment hearings October 26 in Las Vegas to (1) require testing of radon control means installed according to Appendix F of the International Residential Code and (2) exclude from Appendix F an option for sidewall venting of radon systems in new homes.

NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

Contributed by Cynthia A. Costello

NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

State Indoor Radon Grant
• Currently in our 30th year of funding
• Current Grant expires September 30, 2020
• Continued funding expected at slightly lower levels
• New Request for Applications for County Grants issued soon
• 5-year contracts
• $100,000 annual funding
• New Request for Proposals for radon detectors and analysis is in progress.

Radon Program - Projects
1. Public Information Program
a. Poster Contest
b. Weatherization Program Outreach
c. Open Data NY
d. Stakeholder’s Meeting
e. National Radon Action Month
f. Detector Distribution
g. FFY 2018-2019
• 6248 detectors distributed
• 3906 detectors analyzed

2. Schools Outreach, Training & Guidance
a. FFY 2018-2019
• 5 school districts tested
• 20 buildings
• 872 kits
• 175 daycare kits analyzed

NORM IX Presentations Available Online

Presentations and photos from the Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material held from 23 to 27 September 2019 in Denver, Colorado are now online. https:/nucleus.iaea.org/sites/orpnet/resources/SitePages/NORM%20IX.aspx

Numerous presentations addressed radon issue including:

  • David Allard, CHP, PA Dept. Env. Prot. Bureau of Radiation: A Case of Extremely High Indoor Radon Level in a Southeast Pennsylvania Housing Development
  • Douglas Chambers, Arcadis: Radiation Protection in Mining with a Focus on Radon
  • Pam Warkentin, CARST: Radon in Canada - Protecting Canadians in their Indoor Environment
  • Peter Schmidt, Wismut GmbH: Measurement of indoor radon concentrations at uranium mining legacy sites and sites of elevated natural radioactivity with the aim of deriving mitigation measures

Nevada Radon Fact Sheet Highlights

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Radon Fact Sheet, provides a summary of radon activities in Nevada.The sheet highlights test results, activities and accomplishments of the Program.

Testing information summary notes:

· 26% of homes tested have elevated radon levels.

· One in four homes tested in Nevada had elevated levels (greater than 4.0 pCi/L).

· Data collection period - 1989 to June 30, 2018.

The Program has worked to include radon in the 2016‐2020 Nevada State Cancer Plan. The Plan addresses the prevention of lung cancer with a radon goal, objectives and activities toward increasing the number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated, and number of homes built using radon‐resistant new construction techniques.

The Program involves partnerships, including:

Indiana Revises Best Practices Manual to Include Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana State Department of Health has revised its Indoor Air Quality in Schools Best Practices Manual to include radon. During the 2019 legislative year, legislation was passed that required the Department to include recommendations for radon testing in the manual. The revision complies with this requirement.

The Best Management Practices for Indoor Air Quality at Schools Manual was developed “to help school staff identify hazards to indoor air quality and develop and implement guidance to remediate those situations.” Schools are not required to follow the manual or use any of the example policies that are included. Compliance with recommendations is voluntary.

The revised manual includes a chapter on “Radon in Schools.” Topics covered are:

· What is radon?

· Radon Testing.

· Re-testing for Radon.

· Reducing Radon.

The manual includes references to other documents about radon.

Iowa Outreach Presentation on Radon

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Webster County provided a presentation to the public to discuss the hazards of radon, radon testing, the significance of test results and mitigation options in October 2019. The session, conducted by Kapil Arora, who is an agricultural engineering specialist, is part of the state’s outreach to residents and communities to help them learn about radon and the importance of mitigating elevated levels.

For more information, contact:

Extension Office
Phone: 515-576-2119

Maryland Interactive Map of Radon Test Results

by Margaret Henderson

The Maryland Department of Health has posted an interactive map of radon test results. This interactive web map shows radon levels measured in homes by zip code in Maryland from 2005-2016. The data were provided by Air Check, Inc.; Alpha Energy Labs; Landauer Radon; RAdata, Inc.; and Radon Testing Corp of America, Inc.

The map is searchable using address or results can be accessed by clicking on the map. When clicking on a location, the window allows the viewer to scroll through all the test results in that area. Areas in excess of 4.0 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level, range from 4.01 to 60.58 pCi/L. A gallery of base maps has numerous selections. The map is available at https://maps.health.maryland.gov/phpa/eh/radon/

The Maryland Department of the Environment Radon Page refers to the clickable map available at the Department of Health.

For contact about the map:

The 29th National Radon Training Conference Report & Radon Hero Awards

By Chrys Kelley

The 29th National Radon Training Conference was held on September 9-11, 2019, in Denver, Colorado at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Two full days of plenary sessions and a half-day of Building Technical Capacity Training were presented.

There were 117 registrants for the three-day conference, with attendees from 38 states, tribal nations, international, and partners from both USEPA, coalitions and associations. Evaluations from the 29th National Radon Training Conference are being analyzed and will be used in planning the 30th National Radon Training Conference.

CRCPD was proud to present the radon hero award to two recipients this year, Bill Angel, University of Minnesota and Jim Burkhart, Western Regional Radon Training Center. Both candidates were very deserving of the award.

The Committee on Radon (E-25) and CRCPD staff are to be commended for their efforts of putting together another outstanding conference.