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Montana Issued Public Service Announcement for NRAM

The State of Montana, Government News, issued a public service announcement for NRAM as follows:

https://news.mt.gov/AllNews/january-is-radon-awareness-month-2

JANUARY IS RADON AWARENESS MONTH
Thursday, January 2, 2020/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality

HELENA – January is Radon Awareness Month and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Radon Control Program encourages people to consider that long-term exposure to indoor radon can be deadly.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, and second only to smoking for the entire population. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year.

EPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting - MARCH 26 & 27, 2020 in MONTANA!

You are cordially invited to attend the EPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting. The first day of the meeting will focus on topics related to those who have a stake in protecting the public from exposure to radon in their homes, schools, and businesses. The second day will offer continuing education courses.

EPA Region 8 and its partners, Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, North Dakota Dept. of Health, South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Dept. of Health seek to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues and understand them from other perspectives, provide insight into the future, share, educate, and network. We believe that meetings such as this will better provide all of us with ways to assist the public and reduce radon exposures.

Radiological Protection from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes

ICRP Publication 142: Radiological Protection from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes

J-F. Lecomte, P. Shaw, A. Liland,
M. Markkanen, P. Egidi, S. Andresz, J. Mrdakovic-Popic, F. Liu, D. da Costa Lauria, H.B. Okyar, P.P. Haridasan, S. Mundigl

Pennsylvania’s Radon Poster Contest Winners

Contributed by Maria Coons

Pennsylvania’s Radon Poster Contest winners have been announced. Winners are:

Brandon Maros-Moran - 1st place

Youngeun Eunice Choi - 2nd place

Anya Norwood - 3rd place

New York Tracking Radon Data and Health Patterns

by Margaret Henderson

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) provides online radon data from 2000 to 2017 at county-level that has five-year rolling averages. The NYS DOH Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Portal allows development of maps, graphs and tables. Information available includes:

· Average Number of Radon Tests

· Percentage of Homes tested for Radon

· Average Radon Test values

· Maximum Radon Test values

· Percent Tests by Test Results (<2 pCi/L, 2 to <4 pCi/L or 4 pCi/L and higher)

· Percent Tests by Floor level tested (basement, first floor, other floors)

NYS EPHT portal provides the public with data that is updated annually. The goal of providing this information is to raise awareness of radon and allows easy use of the data in order to support outreach to communities and individuals. Outreach and mitigation efforts are aimed toward reducing lung cancer.

Highlights of the NYS Radon Stakeholders Meeting in October

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 10, at the Traditions at the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 54 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors and radon testers and mitigators. AARST held training sessions on October 7,8, and 9th ahead of the meeting. Training course topics covered were: Multi Family Measurement, Multi-Family Mitigation and the Mechanics of Radon.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lane Mathis Price, MD, was unable to travel and present the keynote address, “Past, Present and Future”. George Schambach, NY President, American Association Radiation Scientists and Technologists delivered the presentation that she prepared.

Additional speakers presented on:

· Mechanics of Radon

· Environmental Laboratory Approval Program Q & A Session

· Environmental Public Health Tracking

· USDA Single Family Housing Loan & Grant Programs

Colorado Cancer Plan for 2020 Targets Radon

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.

Minnesota Activities Ongoing and Planned for the Rest of the Winter

The Minnesota Department of Health is busy with several radon activities to promote awareness of radon and encourage testing and education about radon. These include:

· Marketing campaign statewide, including TV, radio, web, highway billboards and Pandora (Pandora is new this year)

· Minnesota Wild hockey game spots featuring Rachel Malmberg from CANSAR, to be show during games

· Press release to be issued in early January featuring our radon mitigation maps

· Approximately 8,000 test kits distributed to over 100 local partners (county health departments, non-profits, housing organizations)

· New online child care class on home health hazards, including radon

· Social media campaign through MDH Facebook and other outlets

· Ongoing real estate classes and other education

For more information, contact

Daniel Tranter

Supervisor | Indoor Air Unit

Minnesota Department of Health

Office: 651-201-4618

Illinois Senate Democrats Declare January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit. You can find a local, licensed professional here. OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

12 hours before you begin your test…

· Keep all doors and windows shut.

· Do not operate fans or other machines which bring air in from outside (unless from a radon reduction system).

Where do I place my radon tester?

· 3 feet from exterior doors and windows.

· 20 inches to 6 feet above the floor.

· 4 inches from any other object.

· Never place the radon detector in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, or in a crawl space.

What to do next?

· Be sure you accurately record the start and stop dates of your test.

Connecticut Receives 210 Student Entries in Poster Contest

Six Connecticut schools participated in this year’s State of CT Radon Poster Contest. A total of 210 students in grades 4th through 7th submitted posters. Posters were judged by staff in the Environmental Health Section at the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine a first, second, and third prize winner. To increase awareness about radon and lung health, the top 14 posters will appear in the 2020 CT DPH State Radon Poster Contest calendar. A copy of the calendar will be given to each student and teacher who participated in the contest. All posters from the contest will be on display in January at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT for National Radon Action Month.

For more information, contact:

Allison Perry Sullivan
Supervising Environmental Analyst
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Radon Program
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS # 12-RAD
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: 860-509-8140
allison.sullivan@ct.gov