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Indiana Revises Best Practices Manual to Include Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana State Department of Health has revised its Indoor Air Quality in Schools Best Practices Manual to include radon. During the 2019 legislative year, legislation was passed that required the Department to include recommendations for radon testing in the manual. The revision complies with this requirement.

The Best Management Practices for Indoor Air Quality at Schools Manual was developed “to help school staff identify hazards to indoor air quality and develop and implement guidance to remediate those situations.” Schools are not required to follow the manual or use any of the example policies that are included. Compliance with recommendations is voluntary.

The revised manual includes a chapter on “Radon in Schools.” Topics covered are:

· What is radon?

· Radon Testing.

· Re-testing for Radon.

· Reducing Radon.

The manual includes references to other documents about radon.

Iowa Outreach Presentation on Radon

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Webster County provided a presentation to the public to discuss the hazards of radon, radon testing, the significance of test results and mitigation options in October 2019. The session, conducted by Kapil Arora, who is an agricultural engineering specialist, is part of the state’s outreach to residents and communities to help them learn about radon and the importance of mitigating elevated levels.

For more information, contact:

Extension Office
Phone: 515-576-2119
lcline@iastate.edu

Maryland Interactive Map of Radon Test Results

by Margaret Henderson

The Maryland Department of Health has posted an interactive map of radon test results. This interactive web map shows radon levels measured in homes by zip code in Maryland from 2005-2016. The data were provided by Air Check, Inc.; Alpha Energy Labs; Landauer Radon; RAdata, Inc.; and Radon Testing Corp of America, Inc.

The map is searchable using address or results can be accessed by clicking on the map. When clicking on a location, the window allows the viewer to scroll through all the test results in that area. Areas in excess of 4.0 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level, range from 4.01 to 60.58 pCi/L. A gallery of base maps has numerous selections. The map is available at https://maps.health.maryland.gov/phpa/eh/radon/

The Maryland Department of the Environment Radon Page refers to the clickable map available at the Department of Health.

For contact about the map:

The 29th National Radon Training Conference Report & Radon Hero Awards

By Chrys Kelley

The 29th National Radon Training Conference was held on September 9-11, 2019, in Denver, Colorado at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Two full days of plenary sessions and a half-day of Building Technical Capacity Training were presented.

There were 117 registrants for the three-day conference, with attendees from 38 states, tribal nations, international, and partners from both USEPA, coalitions and associations. Evaluations from the 29th National Radon Training Conference are being analyzed and will be used in planning the 30th National Radon Training Conference.

CRCPD was proud to present the radon hero award to two recipients this year, Bill Angel, University of Minnesota and Jim Burkhart, Western Regional Radon Training Center. Both candidates were very deserving of the award.

The Committee on Radon (E-25) and CRCPD staff are to be commended for their efforts of putting together another outstanding conference.

Minnesota Department of Health’s Radon Partner Meeting Duluth - CANCELLED

NOTE: The Duluth Partnership Meeting has been cancelled due to low attendance.

St. Cloud, St. Paul and Mankato

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Radon Partner meetings are coming up! These meetings are intended for local public health partners, non-profits and health care facilities interested in radon. The meetings will take place in November. In the meetings, we will discuss radon resources, radon data, give updates on MDH’s radon program, and promote partnerships among other activities. Continuing education credits for sanitarians (3.0), licensed radon measurement providers (2.5) and nurses.
Who should attend:
· Local public health agencies
· Non-profits interested in radon
· Health care facilities interested in radon
· Radon professionals interested in radon in the public health sphere

When and where:
November 5, 9:00am – 12:00pm

MDH St. Cloud District Office - Midtown Square
Large Conference Rm

Minnesota 2019 Radon Partnership Meetings

2019 Radon Partnership Meetings
St. Cloud, Duluth, St. Paul and Mankato

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Radon Partner meetings are coming up! These meetings are intended for local public health partners, non-profits and health care facilities interested in radon. The meetings will take place in November. In the meetings, we will discuss radon resources, radon data, give updates on MDH’s radon program, and promote partnerships among other activities. Continuing education credits for sanitarians (3.0), licensed radon measurement providers (2.5) and nurses.
Who should attend:
· Local public health agencies
· Non-profits interested in radon
· Health care facilities interested in radon
· Radon professionals interested in radon in the public health sphere

When and where:
November 5, 9:00am – 12:00pm
MDH St. Cloud District Office - Midtown Square
Large Conference Rm
3333 West Division St, Suite 212
St. Cloud, MN 56301

States Promote 2020 Radon Poster Contest and Amplify through Media Outlets

by Margaret Henderson

Nevada, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Connecticut are soliciting entries for the 2020 Radon Poster Contest and some are amplifying their messages through news releases and media coverage.

In “Nevada Radon Poster Contest 2020 now open to students; submit by October 31,” News 4 reprinted the Nevada announcement from the University of Nevada, Reno, Radon Education Program at https://mynews4.com/news/local/nevada-radon-poster-contest-2020-now-open-to-students-submit-by-october-31

Florida Radon Testing Requirements are Provided in List and Map Formats

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Health’s Radon Program provides a map to give guidance on which facilities are required by Florida law to test for radon. The requirements apply to some 24-hour care facilities, state licensed day care centers and schools k-12.

Currently certain facilities (based on county of location) are required to test under Florida Statute 404.056. Also, counties are designated depending on the construction of the building. Two lists of counties, one for single family home or duplex, and one for “all other buildings” are provided by Florida Health.

The information is mapped, showing color-coded counties. Counties with “All” or “No” facilities required for testing are shown. A third category, “Facilities (excluding those in single family homes/duplexes) required to test for radon” is shown. Facilities are further defined as:

· All public and private school buildings or school sites housing students in K-12

Promoting a Healthier Wyoming! Conference Addresses Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Promoting a Healthier Wyoming! Conference, held in Laramie, Wyoming, September 18, 2019, included a presentation on radon. The Conference was presented by the Wyoming Department of Health and its programs, including Chronic Disease Prevention, Cancer, Tobacco Prevention and Control and Substance Abuse and Prevention.

The Conference offerred educational opportunities on chronic diseases with the goal of increasing efforts in prevention and treatment. “Radon: An Environmental Concern with an Easy Solution, ” presented by Doug Kladder, Center for Environmental Research and Technology Colorado Springs, Colorado, gave a comprehensive discussion of radon. The presentation included technical information about radon, health effects, detection, measurement, mitigation and specifics about various types of mitigation scenarios.

For more information, contact:

Wyoming Department of Health
Phone: 307-777-7656

Complimentary Online Access to Radon Standards

The most current national, consensus-based radon standards are now offered free with online access, providing a clear view of best practices in radon measurement and mitigation.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., September 25, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), as publisher and owner of ANSI-AARST standards developed and maintained by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, has created complimentary on-line access to the STANDARDS in order to facilitate their adoption in state policy.