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Department of Defense Report Details Systemic Deficiencies with Management of Radon in Military Housing

In light of Memorial Day, a time for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms, our latest blog article focuses on a recent report from the Department of Defense OIG regarding systemic deficiencies with management of radon in military housing. Check out the full article: Blog Article

CRCPD and AARST Presented Webinars in April 2020

CRCPD and AARST presented webinars in April 2020 for members and certified professionals.

· Radon Standards Update for CRCPD members webinar was attended by 232.

· Radon Standards Update for AARST Members and NRPP-Certified Professionals webinar was attended by 213.

The webinars attracted wide representation from states in the US, as well as from territories and other countries.

Links for the webinars are:

AARST webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4981106938485623820

CRCPD webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6776214701925222657

The AARST webinar has been viewed 86 times. The CRCPD webinar has been viewed 80 times.

Free Webinars on RRNC - Save the Dates: May 28 and June 11

Below is information on free upcoming webinars on RRNC code adoption and implementation for state and local radon programs. Feel free to sign up if you are interested.

Chrystine Kelley
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Radon Program Manager


Radon Resistant Building Codes
Resources and Action Planning for Radon Programs
Webinar Series



SAVE THE DATES: May 28 and June 11

Join us to improve your understanding and ability to navigate the code adoption process for radon resistant new construction (RRNC) codes

REGISTER TODAY: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7OgugdY9TRxEw3X

MN Offers Last Licensing Webinar - MAY 20, 2020

MDH is offering webinars to guide people through the radon mitigation licensing process. These are free one hour tutorials and no continuing education credit will be awarded.

This is the last webinar being offered.

To register for the webinar, or with any questions, please email health.indoorair@state.mn.us.

Topics Include:

Licensing requirements
Which license to apply for (RMIT or RMITS)
Is a company license needed
Navigating the licensing website
Purchasing tags
Reporting mitigation data
Webinar Dates/Times:

May 20, 2020 at 3:00pm

EPA Spotlights Missouri for Education and Outreach to the Medical Community

The Burden of Cancer in Missouri: A Comprehensive Analysis and Plan, 2016-2020, is noted by EPA as a successful approach for reducing radon risk. See the plan at ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/Cancer/ccc/missouri_ccc_plan_2016-2020.pdf, is noted by EPA as a successful approach for reducing radon risk.

In this outreach to the medical community and with the input of numerous medical professionals, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services highlights radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, something the Department highlights as a target for reduction and elimination of excess exposures.

In the Section, “Environmental/Radon,” the plan notes:

Nebraska Cancer Plan Includes Radon Goals Until 2022

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has included radon in its cancer plan for the years 2016-2222. Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes. The results of more than half of radon tests in the state are above the recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L. The plan emphasizes primary prevention and encourages people to make healthy choices regarding radon.

Year 1 objective was to increase the number of Nebraska homes tested for radon from 73,280 to 74,280 by June 2018. Goals coincide with the evidence based information from the EPA National Radon Action Plan, setting:

· Short-term indicators (1st and 2nd year) as the number of homes tested, and number of homes mitigated for radon.

· Intermediate indicators (3rd to 4th year) expanded to include the number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated for radon, and the number of communities with Radon Resistant New Construction Codes (RRNC)

Idaho Tracks Radon Testing Data per Goal of the Cancer Strategic Plan

Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Strategic Plan 2016-2020 lists radon reduction as a Prevention Goal. See the plan at
https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/Cancer/ccc/idaho_ccc_plan-508.pdf

Goal 5: Reduce cancer risk related to environmental carcinogens, addresses radon with the objective of increasing the proportion of persons living in homes that have been tested for radon.

Strategic actions include:

· Implement evidence-based policies, programs and systems changes to share information among the public, researchers, regulatory agencies and industry about environmental carcinogens, specifically radon.

· Advocate for evidence-based epidemiologic and environmental monitoring and research across the life course (in utero and childhood, workplace, and multi-generational exposures).

Alabama Public Health Cancer Plan Works to Eliminate the Burden of Cancer

The 2016-2021 Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, as produced by the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition (ACCCC), includes radon in the Primary Prevention: Lung Cancer goal.

The vision of the plan and coalition is to strive to eliminate the burden of cancer in Alabama. In addressing prevention of lung cancer, the plan’s objective is to increase the knowledge of radon in high-risk counties as a risk factor for lung cancer. In Alabama, 15 counties have been identified as having the highest potential for elevated radon levels. They are Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Shelby and Talladega.

Minnesota June 1, 2020 Deadline for Residential Radon Mitigation Licensure

Residential Radon Mitigation Licensure Required by June 1, 2020

All residential radon mitigation professionals and companies must be licensed by June 1, 2020, and start to use mitigation system tags on June 1, 2020. The online licensing system is updated and ready to accept applications. You can apply for a mitigation professional license, company license (if applicable), and purchase tags through the MDH Radon Licensing System.

Who needs the new license?

  • Mitigation professionals: An individual who installs or designs a radon mitigation system in a residential building they do not own or lease must have a mitigation professional license. The license allows mitigation professionals to provide on-site supervision of unlicensed radon mitigation technicians. A radon mitigation professional license is a dual measurement and mitigation license and allows professionals to do radon measurement (no additional measurement license is needed).

SIRG Reports States Increase Radon Efforts with Real Estate Professionals

EPA reports success of SIRG grantees involved with radon education and outreach for the real estate profession in its report, Overview of EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grants: 2019 Activities.

Demonstrating a strong increase over the previous year, nearly 84% of grantees (41 out of 49) engaged in primary actions related to real estate transactions, including training real estate professionals, reporting total number of homes tested and/or mitigated and various other real estate related activities.

Some examples given include the Oregon Radon Awareness Program, the Nevada Radon Education Program (NREP), and the Ohio Radon Program.