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New York Provides Outreach through Publications

by Margaret Henderson

To provide guidance, promote awareness and encourage radon testing, New York conducts outreach in a variety of ways, including through publications.

Geared toward teachers and students, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has created Air Villain Trading Cards about air pollution. The card for radon includes a description of radon, the crime (causes cancer) and the cause (explanation of radon). The card is used to encourage youth to understand radon hazards. https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/64801.html A printable version is also available at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/air_pdf/vilprint3.pdf.

California Provides Health Care Community with Resources About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The California Department of Public Health Indoor Radon Program provides information for health care providers about radon. Resources recommended by the Program are to aid physicians and other health care providers in encouraging patients to test for radon in their homes and to communicate with their patients about the risks radon may pose when levels are elevated (exceeding 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level). In California, radon has been detected in every county. The Department refers the public to radon potential maps and tables of test results by zip code to inform residents about the known presence of radon and encourages testing all homes.

New Jersey Provides Radon Information Regarding Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Program provides information about testing for radon in real estate transactions. Estimates are that 75-80% of the radon tests done in New Jersey each year are done as part of a real estate transaction according to the database of testing information maintained by the Radon Program. The New Jersey Radon Potential Map states that radon levels in excess of the USEPA’s recommended action level of 4 pCi/L have been found in all risk zones in the state. The Program notes that even though the average test result for one community in Ocean County was very low ( 0.98 pCi/L) some test results have been as high as 23.7 pCi/L.

Nevada Outreach to Group Meetings Distributes Information and Test Kits to Wide Audience

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program participated in outreach activities at several functions, proving answers to questions, educational information, and free test kits during the closing quarter of 2017. The Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health supports these projects through a grant from the USEPA. Radon experts and educators addressed attendees at:

  • Reno Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP);
  • Renown Cancer Institute Great American Smokeout and Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events;
  • Nevada Nurses Association/Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders Convention; and
  • Nevada Cancer Coalition Summit.

Oregon Provides Radon Communication Toolkit to School Districts

by Margaret Henderson

Oregon statues required school districts, as well as charter schools, to submit radon testing plans to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) by September 1, 2016. (Testing must be done by January 1, 2021.) As of January 30, 2018, the number of districts that provided plans was 194. The list of districts complying with the requirement is at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/HEALTHYNEIGHBORHOODS/RADONGAS/Documents/School%20District%20Radon%20Testing%20Plans%20Received%20by%20OHA_01.30.18.pdf

Colorado Hosted Region 8 Stakeholders Conference

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program hosted the USEPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders Conference in Denver, Colorado, on April 19 – 20, 2018. There were 125 attendees and numerous educational and informational presentations. For the agenda and presentations, see
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/epa-region-8-radon-stkhs-conf-presentations

Guest speakers presented information on technical topics including:
• Mitigation Diagnostics in Basements
• Radon in Pier-and-Grade-Beam Foundations
• Radon Myths Debunked
• Evaluating and Assessing Radon Testing in Housing

Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa, discussed “Radon: The Leading Environmental Cause of Cancer Mortality.”

Two presentations on Colorado radon projects included:
• Colorado Radon Measurement and Mitigation Guidance Document

Proposed Rules Governing Radon Professional Licensing, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4620, parts 7000 to 7950

The following Notice of Intent to Adopt will be published in the Minnesota State Register on June 4, 2018. The notice contains information about a possible hearing and how to submit comments regarding the rules.

The following documents are posted on our rulemaking web page: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rulemaking/rulesindex.html

Proposed Radon Licensing Rules
Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR)
SONAR Appendix A: Measurement Professional Definition
SONAR Appendix B: List of Acronyms
Minnesota Department of Health

Division of Environmental Health

DUAL NOTICE: Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or
More Persons Request a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for
Hearing Are Received; Revisor’s ID Number 4353; OAH Docket Number 80-9000-35236

Georgia Provides Testing Encouragement and Instruction through Extension Service

by Margaret Henderson

The University of Georgia (UGA) Radon Education Program receives funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Indoor Radon Grant Program and provides a variety of outreach activities including a quarterly newsletter.

Kansas Adopts Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements

by Margaret Henderson

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements, dated January 30, 2018, sets forth requirements for technicians employed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment who perform radon measurements. The plan is to be reviewed and revised annually and its goal is to assure radon measurements conducted by the department are accurate, consistent and reproducible.

The KDHE Radon Program provides technical assistance to the residents of Kansas by providing measurement and mitigation technical information. The Program also is involved in oversight and certification of measurement and mitigation professionals and radon laboratories. Services may be provided as funds are available and may be performed in regulatory actions as needed.

The plan includes instructions on:
• Documents and Records
• Measurement Generation
• Sampling Methods
• Analytical Methods
• Instrument Calibration

Low Income Mitigation Assistance in Minnesota - MAY 30 DEADLINE

by Margaret Henderson

Due to Minnesota’s geology and building types and climate of long winter weather, two in five homes in Minnesota have high radon levels, in excess of the US EPA 4pCi/L recommended action level. Approximately 80% of Minnesota counties are expected to have high radon potentials.

For persons for whom mitigation is unaffordable, the Radon Program recognizes the need to provide special information that may help in making mitigation attainable.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about financial assistance to low income persons for mitigating radon. Depending on availability of funds, the Radon Program notes these possible sources:

  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), offering low-interest fixed rate loans;
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD "203k" Program, offering some loan programs;
  • Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants, offering loans and grants.