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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.

29th Annual Radon Training and Other Special Announcements from Colorado

Hi Everyone,

On behalf of the CRCPD E25 Committee on Radon, I am thrilled to make a few special announcements.

• In an effort to let you "get to know" us, we have attached a document with all of our biographies and photos. Stop us and introduce yourself in Denver. If you are a member of radonleaders.org, please log in to see the documents. Others may contact me for information at the address given at the end of this article.

• Registration and hotel information is now available for the 29th Annual CRCPD National Radon Training Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 9-11, 2019 at https://www.crcpd.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1194740 Be sure to register for the conference on this site! You will also notice that we have two concurrent BTC trainings on Wednesday afternoon to choose from. Both are guaranteed to be fun and educational! We hope to see you there!

Colorado Shares Updated Radon Documents with Clients and Citizens

Contributed by Chrys Kelly

I now have the attached documents in color for distribution to your Colorado clients and/or citizens. If you are a member of radonleaders.org, please log in to see the documents. Others may contact me for information at the address given at the end of this article. The Colorado Real Estate brochure has been updated and may be be used in real estate inspections for realtors, home buyers and home sellers rather than the old EPA home buyers and sellers guide. This brochure is available in Spanish also.

We are currently working on a Colorado combined version of the EPA Citizens Guide/How to Fix Your Home brochures that we hope to have done in the fall.

Minnesota Announces School Indoor Air Quality Training

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Training to be held in September and October 2019. Attendees who complete the three-hour class will receive one hour of continuing education credit (1.0 CEU) towards their MDH radon measurement or mitigation license. This course is not approved for National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) credits. The training is being provided at no cost and is designed for:

· School officials, service providers, health professionals, and others who want to learn more about indoor air quality regulations, guidance and resources

· Public schools that need an IAQ Coordinator (expect to lose their current person or want a second person trained)

Details of the announcement follow:

School Indoor Air Quality Training

CRCPD’s National Conference Awards First and Second Place to Radon Posters

At the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) 51st annual meeting, held in Anchorage, Alaska, in May, the winning poster was “Working with Builders in Radon Resistant New Construction: A Florida Case Study.” The poster was presented by staff of Florida Health. Introduction, Background, Methods, Data Analysis, and Conclusions were presented. The data concluded that Radon Resistant New Construction was largely effective in reducing radon. The subject area was Tallahassee, Florida, with measurements from a home using short-term and continuous monitoring.

Oregon Health Authority and Radon Resistant New Construction

by Margaret Henderson

The Oregon Health Authority Radon Awareness Program encourages radon resistant new construction (RRNC) in the state. Much of the State of Oregon is at risk for elevated radon levels as displayed in mapping indicating radon measurements throughout the state. https://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=b48af2492fac4dd7857e5601c54dbf0f. Several counties in Oregon require RRNC, including Baker, Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill. By Oregon statue, RRNC is required in all public buildings (including schools) and residences built after April 1, 2013, in these seven Oregon counties.

Tennessee Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Regarding Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation report for Fiscal Years 2017-2018, the actions related to radon that comply with non-discriminatory practices are presented. See the document, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Title VI Compliance Report And Implementation Plan, at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/sustainable-practices/title-vi/2017-2018%20Title%20VI%20Plan.pdf

The report describes how Tennessee complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Vermont Encourages Testing Schools for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Vermont Department of Health and the Environment has emphasized the important of testing for radon in schools for more than a decade. Because the second largest contributor to radon exposure for children and staff is likely at their school, testing in Vermont has been encouraged by offering free radon kits.

To date, since 2005, approximately 25% of Vermont schools have been tested for radon; 14% had at least one room at or above the action level. Some results have been as high as five times the EPA recommended action level of 0.4 pCi/L.

In addition to the free test kits, the department also offers technical assistance to schools that have elevated radon levels. The department also provides links to the EPA guidance on schools:

· Radon in Schools

· Radon Measurement in Schools guidance document

Items of Interest from the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit

Contributed by Daniel Tranter

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Indoor Air Unit has projects ongoing this summer and items of interest regarding radon.

Radon Disparities Study

We are continuing a study, with MDH Environmental Public Health Tracking and MDH Comprehensive Cancer Control, to examine geographic and socioeconomic differences in radon testing and mitigation. We anticipate using the findings to target our resources, improve our outreach, increase testing rates, and provide a roadmap for seeking funding for mitigation systems in areas with high radon and high poverty levels. Expected study completion by end of 2019.

Preliminary findings show:

· Statistically significant clustering of higher mitigation rates, primarily in the western and southern metropolitan areas, and lower mitigation rates, primarily in the Northern metro area.

Pennsylvania Includes Radon Information in Go Green Suggestions

by Margaret Henderson

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provides a website encouraging “Go Green” for making homes more energy efficient, using renewable products, reducing consumer costs and helping climate change. Included with the numerous “Go Green” suggestions, information about radon resistant new construction and testing and mitigating homes for radon are provided with links to the department’s Radon Program.