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North Carolina Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

Dr. Sarah Kirby, Professor and Department Extension Leader, Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University, issued a press release announcing National Radon Action Month with reference to where more information about radon, and radon testing and mitigation can be found. Dr. Kirby refers North Carolina residents to the North Carolina Radon Program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Radiation Protection Section of the department operates the Radon Program, using funds granted by the USEPA State Indoor Radon Grant. The Program provides public information and technical advice.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality News Release on Radon Action Month

January Is Radon Action Month Save a Life: Test For Radon

SALT LAKE CITY – January is National Radon Action Month and Utah residents can test their homes for $9 by going to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) website radon.utah.gov. Testing your home for radon is easy. Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon because all of your doors and windows are closed. Testing your home is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. More Americans die from lung cancer than any other cancer. Every year there are 21,000 lung cancer deaths.

Nebraska Radon Task Force Inaugural Meeting

by Margaret Henderson

The inaugural meeting of the Nebraska Radon Task Force was held December 15, 2017, to review the description of the tasks it is charged with by LB 9, passed in the First session of the 105th Nebraska Legislature. The purpose of the meeting was also to discuss how to present information to the Governor, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Urban Affairs Committee.

A high prevalence of elevated radon levels in homes in Nebraska was noted in the bill, stating “(6) The United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified radon levels in Nebraska as the third highest in the United States because of the high concentration of uranium in the soil.”

Florida Health Announces Radon Action Month in Press Release

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Health announces Radon Action Month and the Radon Contest winners in celebration of its campaign for radon awareness, which includes outreach through schools and families to encourage testing and mitigation. http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/Outreach/poster-contest.html Florida Health sponsored a poster and video contest for students. Winners are:

1st A. Robleto, Poster: Unmask the Silent Killer
2nd I. Van Buren, Poster: Save Your House
3rd C. Borgese, Poster: Don't Get Sick by 86
Honorable mention O. Velazquez, Poster: The Girl

1st A. Chatterjee, Video: Don't Become a Statistic
2nd K. Crook,Video: Radon A Cancerous Gas
3rd J. Barnette, Video: Radon What's the Big Deal

The State of Montana Newsroom Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality encouraged all residents to test their homes through an announcement on the State of Montana Newsroom. http://news.mt.gov/january-is-national-radon-action-month
The announcement explains that radon is a natural radioactive gas and that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths and promotes testing to learn if high levels of radon are present in the home.

For more information about testing and prevention of radon in the home, the announcement advises contacting the Montana DEQ Radon Control Program at 1-800-546-0483.

New Jersey Radon Action Month Campaign

by Margaret Henderson

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced Radon Action Month with a proclamation from Governor Christie, noting that as many as 500 residents of New Jersey each year could be killed by radon induced lung cancer. http://www.njradon.org/download/proc_2018.pdf

The declaration of Radon Action Month is an effort to promote radon awareness, testing and mitigation. The NJDEP encourages testing during the winter months and notes that elevated levels of radon (greater than 4pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level) may be found anywhere in the state, whether or not the location is noted in the radon potential map as being at risk. See the map at http://www.njradon.org/radonin.htm.

Winners in Colorado Statewide Radon Poster Contest Announced

Kelly MacGregor, Public Communications Specialist | 303-692-3304 | kelly.macgregor@state.co.us

DENVER — Students from Highlands Ranch, Windsor and Fort Collins took top honors in this year’s statewide radon awareness poster contest.

Trent Lytle, a seventh-grade student at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, won first place out of more than 200 entries. His poster has been entered in the National Radon Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Camryn Fritch, a sixth-grader at Windsor Middle School, earned second-place honors. Keolani Morrow, a student in the fifth grade at Olander School for Project Based Learning in Fort Collins, received third place.

Florida Radon Program Provides Extensive Public Service Announcements and Reference Information

by Margaret Henderson

The Florida Radon Program has assembled public information over a wide range of radon issues as a convenient way to review various sources of information. These include:
• Public Service Announcements
• Federal Government Sites
• Academic and Research Sites
• Environmental and Health Groups
• General Radiation Information

Month Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are available in a variety of file types ("wav", "cda", or "mp3" files.) PSAs are recorded messages from state legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Reference to Federal Government Sites include links to:
• USEPA and its radon publications
• US Geological Survey soil and radon data used to develop a radon zone potential map

Academic and Research Sites referenced include:

Iowa Provides Radon Basics in Slide Format

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Program has provided a slide presentation on “Radon Basics” that explains important basics about radon and the health effects of exposure to radon.

Iowa has 71.6% of homes above the recommended USEPA action level of 4 pCi/L based on the Iowa Radon Survey. Because at least 50% of the homes are above the 4pCi/L level, USEPA has designated the state as being entirely in the Zone 1 classification, where levels are anticipated to exceed the action level. With such a prevalence of elevated radon in Iowa homes, providing public information and education is a critical need.

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Gloria Linnertz
Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction