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CRCPD Names Bruce Snead as Radon Hero

Photograph: Bruce Snead, with Kansas State University and Josh Kerber, with the Minnesota Radon Program.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.
Radon Hero Award Presented to Bruce Snead

Bruce Snead is recognized for his leadership and dedication to reducing radon exposure over the last thirty years. The magnitude of reduction in exposure to radon which has resulted from the ongoing efforts of Bruce is immeasurable. This is because the impacts are not only through his own personal efforts for more than thirty years working directly in radon programs, but also from the efforts of each and every person [numbering at least in the thousands] he has trained and assisted across the nation during that time, all of whom have passed the knowledge and skills learned from Bruce on to others.

New York Stakeholder Meeting Summary

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 25, 2018, at the Traditions at the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 53 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, and radon testers and mitigators.

The keynote address was presented by Ronald Hublall, M.D., on the topic of “Avoiding Lung Cancer: Improving the Air We Breathe.” His address was impactful and moving. Using a case study from Illinois of a father who is a non-smoker and has a young son that has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung carcinoma, the presentation reinforced the importance of radon testing in the home.

Additional speakers presented on:

* radon and the real estate transaction

* continuous radon monitoring, testing and equipment calibration

* NYS regulations for the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP)

* radon testing and mitigation for contractors

Minnesota Posts Upcoming Training Opportunities at Locations in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its radon licensing page with additional training information. The updates include upcoming classroom trainings to be held in Minnesota. These classroom training courses provide opportunities to complete required training.

Licensing requirements for measurement and mitigation professionals are detailed on the website and the professional classifications are defined as:

* Measurement professionals: an individual who places and retrieves test device in buildings they do not own or lease.

* Mitigation professionals: an individual who installs or designs a radon mitigation system in a building they do not own or lease, or provides on-site supervision of mitigation work.

Measurement professionals must:

* Complete an initial radon measurement training course.

* Pass a radon measurement examination.

Mitigation professionals must:

* Complete an approved radon measurement course.

Colorado Free Radon Mitigation Systems Offered Yearly

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hopes to give up to 100 families free radon mitigation systems each year. This assistance is provided through the Department’s Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program as directed by statute. The goal of the initiative is to provide a safe living environment with respect to indoor air for low income households.

The Program is designed for persons who own their own home and are Colorado residents. Low-income households (defined uniquely to each Colorado County) that have tested properly and have results exceeding 4pCi/L qualify.

Policies and procedures for applying and obtaining funding are given in the manual https://environmentalrecords.colorado.gov/HPRMWebDrawerHM/Recordview/399385

A brochure with more detail is attached.

For more information, contact:

Chrystine Kelley

Radon Program Coordinator

Nevada Radon Program Outreach to Building and Realty Trades

Nevada’s Radon Education Program provides outreach to groups and individuals to raise awareness and provide assistance about radon issues. In May of 2018, the Nevada Organization of Building Officials held its annual meeting and heard a presentation by Susan Howe of the Radon Education Program. Twenty-five members attended and heard her remarks about health risks, mitigation process and the International Residential Code (IRC) Appendix F for radon control methods. Howe, a member of the IRC Amendment Committee for Northern Nevada, serves as the committee’s secretary. Attendees at her presentation to the Building Officials were interested in future educational opportunities for builders, city and county policymakers, and the general public.

ANSI/AARST Public Review of revised home measurement standards (MAH). Deadline for comments is December 3rd, 2018

Due to worldwide changes in internet security that may block you from receiving other broadcasted notices, additional notifications of standards activities will begin to also be posted here.

Public Review Announcement
Currently published for public review is MAH: Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Homes

Updates to this standard include:
1) Improved clarity on the difference between guidance commentary and mandatory requirements. As such, improvements for clarity are found throughout this document; and

2) Content that might be considered new:
- harmonization of structure and new layouts,
- harmonization with recent revisions from other ANSI/AARST standards,
- Improved clarity on test durations and locations,
- Improved clarity for when test results disagree, and
- Improved clarity on professional requirements such as qualifications, onsite documentation and reporting.

Colorado Poster Contest Accepting Entries: Deadline November 30, 2018

Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment Radon Program has announced its 2019 Radon Poster Contest.

Colorado children ages 9-14 are eligible. They can be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, or home school; or through a sponsoring club, such as an art, computer, reading or science club; scouting organization; or 4-H club. The top three winners will receive a gift certificate: $300 for first place student, $200 for second, $100 for third. The top three winners’ posters will also be entered in the national poster contest. The teachers of the top three students will each receive a $100 gift certificate.

The goal of the poster contest is to raise awareness to radon and its health significance. Entries are due by November 30, 2018. The required form for entries may be found at http://www.coloradoradon.info

Entries should be submitted to:

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

HMWMD-B2

New Hampshire Public Health Tracking Radon Results

by Margaret Henderson

The “Granite State” has an average radon exposure potential that is 44% higher than the national average due to the geology of the state. Of the homes tested, 30% had elevated radon, with the median concentration ranging from 5.9-9.8 pCi/L (varying over various counties and areas of the state). The recommended action level (USEPA) is 4 pCi/L. Southeastern and eastern New Hampshire counties have the highest percentage of homes with elevated radon levels. See a table of findings at https://www.nh.gov/epht/environmental-topics/documents/radon.pdf

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services provides answers to radon questions through its website. https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/pehb/ehs/radon/index.htm

Minnesota Updates Guidance for Radon Testing in Schools

Guidance for Radon Testing in Minnesota Schools has been updated as of September 2018. See the revised publication at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/schools/radontestingschools18.pdf

The updates, made by the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit, have made changes on topics including:

* Information about the licensing of radon measurement professionals in Minnesota, which will begin on January 1, 2019.

* Reference to the ANSI/AARST ‘Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Schools and Large Buildings.’

* New recommendations encouraging schools to use short term testing over long term testing.

Minnesota Announces Radon Stakeholder Meetings - Blaine, Mankato and St. Cloud

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Radon Stakeholder meetings are coming up. They will take place at the end of October and early November. We will be covering a number of important topics including the Radon Licensing Rules, Standards, License Application IT System, Enforcement, Inspections and audits, and QA/QC plans. Six hours of Category I Continuing Education credits will be provided to NRPP certified individuals.

Who should attend:

* Radon Professionals

* Local Health Agencies (Please note: Local Partner meetings are being scheduled)

When and where:

* October 24, 2018 9 am - 4 pm, SBM Fire Department, 11920 Ulysses St NE, Blaine, MN 55434

* October 25, 2018 9 am - 4 pm, MDH Mankato District Office, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 1205, Mankato, MN 56001

* November 1, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm, MDH St. Cloud District Office, 3333 W Division St, Suite 212, St. Cloud, MN 56301