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New York Announces Annual Meeting and Training Days

NYS AARST Chapter Training
When: October 7-9, 2019

In conjunction with NYS Stakeholders meeting being held on
October 10, 2019 at the same location.

Where: Traditions at the Glen
4101 Watson Blvd
Johnson City, New York 13790

Training Courses Being Offered:

Monday October 7 8AM-5PM
CE Credits: 8 NRPP Course Cost: $189
Multi-Family Measurement

Tuesday October 8AM-5PM
CE Credits: 8 NRPP Course Cost $189
Multi-Family Mitigation

Wednesday October 9
8AM-Noon: Personal Protection for the Radon Mitigator
CE Credits: 4 NRPP Course Cost $95
1PM-5PM: Mechanics of Radon: How it Effects the Body
CE Credits: 4 NRPP Course Cost $95

Class materials will be provided at all trainings

Course cost includes: Breakfast (served at 7:30 a.m.)
& Lunch (served at 12:00p.m.)
Refreshments offered during morning and afternoon breaks

Idaho’s Updated Website Serves as Useful Radon Resource

by Margaret Henderson

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Indoor Environment Program has an updated website with many features to advise the public about radon. https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/IndoorEnvironment/Radon/tabid/939/Default.aspx

It can be accessed through the Healthy Homes link or by search of the department website. A survey on the website invites you to evaluate the usefulness and organization of the site, which operates quickly and is easy to navigate.

Oregon Reaches the Public with Radon Message in a Video

by Margaret Henderson

Oregon Health Authority, Radon Awareness Program, reaches the public with the message “We understand the science, cheap to test and cheap to fix.” Using the YouTube video, Radon Awareness: Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the health effects of radon and the need to test and mitigate are presented. Discussing the Pacific Northwest, the video explains that the geology of Oregon does not produce much radon, but the sediments brought to the area from Idaho and Canada in the Missoula Floods do and they are the major source of radon in Oregon. The video uses a case study about a woman with radon-induced lung cancer and the effect on her family to emphasize the importance of testing and mitigating if results are more than 4 pCi/L

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

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

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.