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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

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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

Rhode Island Radon Map Shows Test Data by Town

by Margaret Henderson

The State of Rhode Island Department of Health Radon Control Program promotes radon testing and mitigation through outreach and education and manages and maintains a database of radon test results. Approximately one in four homes has levels of radon that exceed the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. The Program’s mission is “To protect Rhode Islanders from lung cancer due to radon exposure by ensuring that no homes, schools, or other high priority public buildings have unacceptable radon levels.”

Connecticut Testing Over Time Reveals Increased Testing and High Levels of Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Connecticut Department of Health Radon Program radon testing data results have been made available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Tracking Network for the years 2000-2016. The data are from buildings tested and not all buildings in the areas and other data gaps may occur. For instance, on the Tracking Network, test results that are not designated as pre- or post-mitigation by the state are included with pre-mitigation data. Even with data limitations, results are enlightening.

Kansas Radon Data Directs Attention to Areas with Radon Issues

by Margaret Henderson

Kansas radon testing data from the state’s database for 2016 are available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Tracing Network. Using the mapping tool, users can identify areas of interest that may suggest the need for increased testing or mitigation of high levels of radon.

Map, table and chart presentations reveal numbers of test results that exceeded the USEPA 4 pCi/L recommended action level in each county in the state for the 2016 period. Notably high is Johnson County with 2638 of the reported 5662 tests having test results exceeding the action level, with the maximum pre-mitigation level being 59.7 pCi/L.

The data presentation draws attention the radon issues in Johnson County, which have been noted previously using prior data as prepared by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.