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Radon Action Month is over…but let’s continue the conversation!, posted by Ines Beltran and Edda Cotto-Rivera in English and Spanish on Bilingual Opinions, January 30, 2016. (https://bilingualopinions.wordpress.com/2016/01/)

Help us to inform more people about Radon posted by Edda Cotto-Rivera and Ines Beltran in English and Spanish on Bilingual Opinions, January 21, 2016.

Baltimore wins grant to remove health hazards from homes

Jaquirelyn Aquino is a high-performing member of the St. James & St. John School track team and has perfect attendance in her classes — a remarkable turnaround for the 12-year-old girl with asthma.

She used to get winded climbing a tree, and her mother, Bernice Aquino, often spent days taking her to the doctor and nights watching over her to ensure she was breathing.

Aquino credits removal of triggers including mold, dust mites and mice, as well as lead paint, from her Bel Air-Edison home by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which has worked with Baltimore officials for years to abate the many dangers, often hidden, in the city's low-income rental housing stock.

Read the full story here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/blog/bs-hs-lead-paint-grant-20150824-story.html

Urbandale company improves home health

Professional House Doctors in Urbandale wants to improve the health of local homes by removing harmful radon gas.

“An estimated 400 deaths occur each year in Iowa due to radon induced lung cancer. We are one of the worst states in the country for radon,” owner J.B. Shearer said. “The average indoor radon level in Iowa is more than six times the national average.”

Read the full story here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/community/2015/08/07/professional-house-doctors-radon/31273373/

EPA Awards over $900,000 to TU

EPA Awards over $900,000 to TU to Research Impacts of Climate Change in Tribal Areas

Release Date: 07/23/2014
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

DALLAS – (July 23, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the University of Tulsa (TU) are seeking new ways to protect tribal communities. EPA awarded $919,988 to TU to study methods to improve indoor air quality and reduce asthma triggers in schools.

“EPA is pleased to be working with University of Tulsa to help find new and innovative ways to improve air quality on tribal communities,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “This effort gives us an opportunity to improve indoor air quality by increasing awareness of environmental health risks.”

Minnesota Department of Health Job Posting

The Minnesota Department of Health is hiring a Project Consultant to promote radon to builders, real estate professionals, related groups, and the general public. These activities are designed to minimize exposures to radon in indoor air, with the emphasis on addressing radon in new home construction. This position will coordinate and conduct outreach to the building construction community, develop collaborative partnerships to implement the Gold Standard for Radon Resistant New Construction Program, and evaluate and analyze information to improve outcomes. In addition, it will also assist in educating real estate professionals, potential home buyers, and the general public on radon and other indoor air hazards.

The Project Consultant – 14HEAL000202 vacancy is open competitive (all qualified job seekers), effective May 30, 2014 through midnight on June 19, 2014.

The job posting can be found at:

Briefly Legal: What to do about radon if you are buying or selling a home

What can you do if you are selling a home that may have elevated radon levels. What should you do if you are a home buyer and you are not sure if the house you want to buy has radon? There are legal actions you can take as both a seller and a home buyer to keep yourself and your family safe.

Read the full article here.

Could You Have Unsafe Radon Levels in Your Home?

It is odorless, colorless and tasteless and is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year across the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates one in 15 homes nationwide have unsafe radon levels. If your home is one of them, there are steps you can take.

Read the full article here.

The American Lung Association Launches LUNG FORCE to Prevent, Manage and Cure Cancer

On May 13, 2014, the American Lung Association (ALA) launched its first nationwide campaign targeting lung cancer: LUNG FORCE.

The campaign calls upon all women to unite in the fight against lung cancer, in an effort to promote lung health. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

LUNG FORCE seeks to change people’s minds about what it means to have lung cancer, so that everyone understands their risks, and can organize to spur innovations in research that will lead to prevention, earlier lung cancer diagnosis and management, and more personalized lung cancer treatments.

ALA’s LUNG FORCE invites everyone to pledge to spread awareness of the risks of lung cancer and act to reduce them: http://www.lungforce.org/take-pledge.

Idaho Indoor Environment Program: Interview with Jim Faust, Program Manager

The following information was compiled following a recent interview with Jim Faust, Program Manager of the Idaho Indoor Environment Program. Mr. Faust explained his program's commitment to spreading radon awareness and encouraging radon testing and mitigation throughout Idaho.

Idaho’s Indoor Environment Program (IEP) actively raises radon awareness in communities throughout the state. The program informs residents about radon issues that pertain to their respective geographic areas, and provides residents with information on radon testing and mitigation to prevent lung cancer. The program also refers residents to suppliers who offer reduced rates on radon testing to address health concerns and serves as a resource in real estate transactions.

Throughout the year, this busy program conducts outreach at public meetings, provides radon awareness information to newspapers, and gets the word out through television interviews.

Provide Your Feedback on CARST's Draft Performance Specification for Home Radon Alarms

The Home Radon Alarm Committee of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) has submitted for public review a set of draft standards for Home Radon Alarm Listing Requirements.

CARST would appreciate public feedback and commentary on these draft Performance Specifications, by which a Listing Agency would review home radon alarm devices as submitted by manufacturers and then post a public list of approved devices.

According to this draft document, "The intent of establishing a Home Radon Alarm Listing is to assist all Canadians in becoming aware if their home is exposing them to radiation caused by radon...the goal is to encourage installation of a radon alarm into all homes across Canada, including new home builds and existing housing stock. The result of having an approved listing would provide homeowners and home builders with knowledge about which devices have met the requirements of these Performance Specifications."