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Indiana Cancer Control Plan for 2020 Sets Reducing Radon Exposure as Objective

by Margaret Henderson

Indiana’s Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020, Action for Cancer Prevention and Control, includes radon prevention as a focus area. The plan was developed by the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) working with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), subject matter experts and contributors from various committees and partner organizations.

The Indiana Cancer Control Plan 2018-2020 identifies the policies, changes, and actions required to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana. The plan identifies objectives and ways to make an impact. The ICC has identified reducing radon exposure as one of the five objectives that support primary prevention. Measures and targets for 2020 included are as testing and mitigation goals:

· Number of homes tested: 17, 150

· Target: 25,109

· Percentage of Homes that Test ABOVE/EQUAL to 4.0 pCi/L that get Mitigation: 27.5%

· Target: 44.3%

(Data Sources: ISDH Environmental Public Health Division, 2015)

Kentucky Health Professional Training Provides Continuing Education

by Margaret Henderson

The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Radon Program have joined in efforts to establish and provide radon education for health professionals. The training qualifies for Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians and Kentucky Board of Nursing Contact hours (KBN) for nurses.

The goal is to enhance communication with patients about the risk of radon, especially when combined with smoking, and to educate health professionals about radon. Courses include six modules:

1. Radon and Health

2. Sources of Radon

3. Radon Testing and Mitigation to Protect Health

4. Public Health Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

5. Radon Policy and What Health Professionals Need to Know

6. What Patients Need to Know about Radon and Summary

Report on the Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting, April 18 & 19, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah

Contributed by Eleanor Divver

The Region 8 Radon Conference had an amazing turnout with 142 attendees with 16 vendors. Attendees were from Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Utah.

From the evaluations I can tell you that attendees really enjoyed learning about:

· Lung Cancer and Immunotherapy from Dr. Wallace Akerley, a well-known lung oncologist from Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah;

· the Fish Hatchery radon stories from Eldon Romney; and

· learning about radioactive waste in soil in New Mexico and how a certified mitigator would go about bringing the elevated radon levels down.

On Friday, attendees learned about Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) and how to inspect a radon mitigation system during an in-home inspection. Attendees also learned about new certification rules happening within the field.

Requesting Updates to State’s Radon Fact Sheet

A message from Chrys Kelley--

Hi State Radon Folks! On behalf of the CRCPD E25 Committee on Radon, I would like to request your assistance in reviewing and updating your state’s radon fact sheet that we will be distributing at the National Conference of State Legislature's Annual Legislative Summit. You can find your fact sheet at https://sosradon.org/state-fact-sheets

Please make any necessary changes and/or updates to your states fact sheet (you should have a copy of the Word document) and submit a final .pdf to Bruce Snead at bsnead@ksu.edu by May 15, 2019. If you can't find your Word document, you can download the .pdf and in Adobe Acrobat click on File-Export to-Microsoft Word-Word Document and then you can edit it.

It is VERY important that we have accurate information to share with your state legislators at this event!

Thank you,

Chrys Kelley, Chair, CRCPD E-25 Committee on Radon

SIRG Summary Report Highlights Important Work Across the US

The State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) Summary Report for activities conducted during FY17 and FY18 has been published and is available on the US EPA SIRG Resources webpage https://www.epa.gov/radon/state-indoor-radon-grants-resources. This report highlights the important work SIRG grantees are undertaking across the country to advance risk reduction and aims to show progress where grantees have built on previously initiated risk reduction efforts.

The report Overview of EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grants Program: A Focus on Activities Conducted during Fiscal Years 2017 – 2018 is available at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-04/documents/sirg_fy17_house_report_summary_final.pdf

Florida Senate Bills Address Radon Notifications in Vacation Rentals

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Senate, Senate Bill 812, includes radon in an act relating to vacation rentals. The bill was introduced March 5, 2019. The modification to the act would require notifications on real estate documents that address radon, stating:

“RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.”

If passed, the bill would take effect October 1, 2019. See the bill at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/812/BillText/Filed/HTML

Iowa Legislators Introduce Multiple Pieces of Legislation about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Several bills introduced in the Iowa Legislature in the 2019 session addresses radon abatement for real property and public school testing and abatement.

Abatement Systems

House File 628 was introduced on March 6, 2019, as an Act relating to radon abatement systems and radon testing at the time of transfer of real property. The bill requires radon abatement system installation in certain instances and states conditions for testing that are mandatory. The bill has been read the first time and referred to the Committee on Commerce. See the bill language at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=HF628

Radon Testing in Schools

House File 349, which is the same as House File 755, and House File 673 which is similar to both other bills have been filed to address radon in schools.

New York State Senate Bill Extends Deadlines for Radon Task Force

by Margaret Henderson

The New York State Senate, 2019-2020 Legislative Session, has passed SB5070, which amends chapter 414 of the laws of 2018. The bill passed the Senate and was delivered to the Assembly on April 9, 2019.

The 2018 legislation, creating the radon task force, stated requirements for reporting on findings and recommendations to the governor and other leadership. The bill passed extends the reporting date from April 2019, until November 1, 2020. The bill takes effect immediately and expires on December 31, 2020, extending the expiration date from May 1, 2019.

To see text, visit: https://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2019/A7050

For technical information about radon in New York, contact:

New York State Department of Health
Telephone: 518-402-7556 800-458-1158

Indiana Passes Legislation on Radon in Schools

by Margaret Henderson

The General Assembly State of Indiana has passed legislation amending the Indiana Code concerning health. Senate Bill 632, sponsored by nine members, passed and was signed by the governor on April 10, 2019.

The bill title, explains:

Radon in schools. Requires the state department of health (department) to distribute a manual of best practices for managing indoor air quality at schools, including recommendations for radon testing, to the legislative council, the department of education, the facilities manager and superintendent of each school corporation, and the chief administrative officer of each accredited nonpublic school. Requires the department to revise and distribute the manual to each school every three years.

Pennsylvania General Assembly Considers Radon Requirements for School Districts

by Margaret Henderson

Representative Tim Briggs had introduced in the House, Regular Session 2019-2020 of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a bill addressing radon in public schools.

House Bill 1057, is titled:

An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in school districts, requiring radon reports; and, in grounds and buildings, requiring radon tests. The bill has been referred to the Education Committee on April 5, 2019 and is sponsored by 16 members.

The bill sets forth requirements for testing and notifications. To see the full text, visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1057&pn=1219

For technical information about radon, contact: