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Radon in Water Testing Laboratory in Colorado

A message from Chrys Kelley:

Because I get this question a lot, I thought I would share with you all that we now have a radon in water testing laboratory in Colorado Springs, CO. It is the Radon Measurements Lab, LLC. They also have charcoal canisters and other devices that are analyzed on site. This is the laboratory that was previously at University of Colorado, Colorado Spring (UCCS) with Dr. Jim Burkhart. It is now located in the El Paso County Health Department and is directed by Jimmy Burkhart (Jim's son).

Contact information for the laboratory:
Website: https://www.radmlab.com/
Phone: 719-575-8484
Email: radonmeasurmentslab@yahoo.com

For more information about radon in Colorado, contact:

Chrystine (Chrys) Kelley
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Radon Program Manager
Phone 303-392-3442
Fax 303-691-7841

Colorado Cancer Plan for 2020 Targets Radon

by Margaret Henderson

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.

Florida Partners with Home Builder Association for Continuing Education Credits for Radon Courses

by Margaret Henderson

Radon resistant new construction education for builders in Florida has been provided as a continuing education (CEU) course, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Home Builders Association. The course was approved by the Construction Industry Licensing Board for CEUs.

The one-hour course on Readily Remediate New Construction (known as Radon Resistant New Construction) techniques of the Florida Statewide Building Code is sponsored by the Department of Health. Training is provided by the Florida Homebuilders Association. The Department provides a list of contractors who have completed the course on the website http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/maps/rrnc-training.html

Connecticut Webinar on Radon and Interventions for Healthcare Providers

On May 16, 2019, the Healthy Homes Webinar, “Radon: The Leading Environmental Cause of Cancer Mortality” was presented free of charge to attendees. The webinar discussed how to reduce health risks from radon.

Sponsors of the webinar were:

· New England Public Health Training Center

· Connecticut Department of Public Health

· Connecticut Partnership

· Public Health Learning Network

Dr. Bill Field, internationally know expert on radon, shared the latest research as well as the new guide, Reducing the Risk from Radon: Information and Interventions for Healthcare Providers. To see the publication, visit https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/dph/environmental_health/radon/pdf/HP_Radon_Guide_2018_FINAL.pdf?la=en

Indiana Cancer Control Plan for 2020 Sets Reducing Radon Exposure as Objective

by Margaret Henderson

Indiana’s Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020, Action for Cancer Prevention and Control, includes radon prevention as a focus area. The plan was developed by the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) working with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), subject matter experts and contributors from various committees and partner organizations.

The Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020 identifies the policies, changes, and actions required to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana. The plan identifies objectives and ways to make an impact. The ICC has identified reducing radon exposure as one of the five objectives that support primary prevention. Measures and targets for 2020 included are as testing and mitigation goals:

· Number of homes tested: 17, 150

· Target: 25,109

· Percentage of Homes that Test ABOVE/EQUAL to 4.0 pCi/L that get Mitigation: 27.5%

· Target: 44.3%

(Data Sources: ISDH Environmental Public Health Division, 2015)

Kentucky Health Professional Training Provides Continuing Education

by Margaret Henderson

The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Radon Program have joined in efforts to establish and provide radon education for health professionals. The training qualifies for Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians and Kentucky Board of Nursing Contact hours (KBN) for nurses.

The goal is to enhance communication with patients about the risk of radon, especially when combined with smoking, and to educate health professionals about radon. Courses include six modules:

1. Radon and Health

2. Sources of Radon

3. Radon Testing and Mitigation to Protect Health

4. Public Health Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

5. Radon Policy and What Health Professionals Need to Know

6. What Patients Need to Know about Radon and Summary

Report on the Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting, April 18 & 19, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah

Contributed by Eleanor Divver

The Region 8 Radon Conference had an amazing turnout with 142 attendees with 16 vendors. Attendees were from Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Utah.

From the evaluations I can tell you that attendees really enjoyed learning about:

· Lung Cancer and Immunotherapy from Dr. Wallace Akerley, a well-known lung oncologist from Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah;

· the Fish Hatchery radon stories from Eldon Romney; and

· learning about radioactive waste in soil in New Mexico and how a certified mitigator would go about bringing the elevated radon levels down.

On Friday, attendees learned about Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) and how to inspect a radon mitigation system during an in-home inspection. Attendees also learned about new certification rules happening within the field.

Requesting Updates to State’s Radon Fact Sheet

A message from Chrys Kelley--

Hi State Radon Folks! On behalf of the CRCPD E25 Committee on Radon, I would like to request your assistance in reviewing and updating your state’s radon fact sheet that we will be distributing at the National Conference of State Legislature's Annual Legislative Summit. You can find your fact sheet at https://sosradon.org/state-fact-sheets

Please make any necessary changes and/or updates to your states fact sheet (you should have a copy of the Word document) and submit a final .pdf to Bruce Snead at bsnead@ksu.edu by May 15, 2019. If you can't find your Word document, you can download the .pdf and in Adobe Acrobat click on File-Export to-Microsoft Word-Word Document and then you can edit it.

It is VERY important that we have accurate information to share with your state legislators at this event!

Thank you,

Chrys Kelley, Chair, CRCPD E-25 Committee on Radon

SIRG Summary Report Highlights Important Work Across the US

The State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) Summary Report for activities conducted during FY17 and FY18 has been published and is available on the US EPA SIRG Resources webpage https://www.epa.gov/radon/state-indoor-radon-grants-resources. This report highlights the important work SIRG grantees are undertaking across the country to advance risk reduction and aims to show progress where grantees have built on previously initiated risk reduction efforts.

The report Overview of EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grants Program: A Focus on Activities Conducted during Fiscal Years 2017 – 2018 is available at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-04/documents/sirg_fy17_house_report_summary_final.pdf

Florida Senate Bills Address Radon Notifications in Vacation Rentals

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Senate, Senate Bill 812, includes radon in an act relating to vacation rentals. The bill was introduced March 5, 2019. The modification to the act would require notifications on real estate documents that address radon, stating:

“RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.”

If passed, the bill would take effect October 1, 2019. See the bill at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/812/BillText/Filed/HTML