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Radon 101 Presentation Provides Information to the Public about Radon in Iowa

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health promotes radon awareness using the AIR Coalition Radon 101 Presentation as one of its resources. https://idph.iowa.gov/radon/air-coalition

The Iowa AIR Coalition, a public health coalition, is federally funded and administered through the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The Radon 101 Presentation, a 47-page publication, discusses what radon is and why it is important. The presentation features a map of Iowa, based on 7100 screening tests. In each geographic area of the state, the average test results exceeded the 4pCi/L USEPA recommended action level. Health effects of radon are explained, along with basics of testing, what test results mean, assessment of risks, and methods of mitigation. Radon laws in Iowa about testers, mitigators, child care centers and real estate disclosures are referenced.

Nebraska Radon Task Force Issues Recommendations on Radon Resistant New Construction

by Margaret Henderson

The Nebraska Legislature created a Task Force charged with considering radon resistant new construction, developing minimum standards and recommending them for consideration. After four meetings, and by unanimous vote, the Task Force issued its recommendations dated April 9, 2018.

The recommendation states that all new construction, unless otherwise specified, intended to be regularly occupied by people will use Radon Resistant New Construction techniques as listed in the recommendations.

The paper continues to list techniques, certain exceptions to the recommendations and a recommendation for funding for training for the public and professionals and to encourage public awareness. Funds would be allocated to local health departments.

To view the full recommendations, visit: http://www.trphd.org/file_download/inline/6386a405-c710-466d-a268-b8e5bf1b6f70

Development of the Colorado Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program (LIRMA)

Adapted from a presentation from the Region 8 Stakeholder Meeting in April 2018 and published with the permission of the presenter, Chrystine Kelley, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program

House Bill 16-1141, signed by Governor Hickenlooper on April 21, 2016, required the establishment of a radon education and awareness program. The purpose was to provide
information to citizens, businesses and others; to work collaboratively with radon contractors and citizens to resolve questions and concerns regarding safe, healthy and efficient radon mitigation systems; and to collaborate with local governments to provide information on best practices for radon mitigation strategies. Effective January 1, 2017, law established a radon mitigation assistance program to provide financial assistance to low-income individuals for radon mitigation in their homes. Eligibility for LIRMA requires that the homeowners must:

New York Provides Outreach through Publications

by Margaret Henderson

To provide guidance, promote awareness and encourage radon testing, New York conducts outreach in a variety of ways, including through publications.

Geared toward teachers and students, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has created Air Villain Trading Cards about air pollution. The card for radon includes a description of radon, the crime (causes cancer) and the cause (explanation of radon). The card is used to encourage youth to understand radon hazards. https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/64801.html A printable version is also available at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/air_pdf/vilprint3.pdf.

California Provides Health Care Community with Resources About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The California Department of Public Health Indoor Radon Program provides information for health care providers about radon. Resources recommended by the Program are to aid physicians and other health care providers in encouraging patients to test for radon in their homes and to communicate with their patients about the risks radon may pose when levels are elevated (exceeding 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level). In California, radon has been detected in every county. The Department refers the public to radon potential maps and tables of test results by zip code to inform residents about the known presence of radon and encourages testing all homes.

New Jersey Provides Radon Information Regarding Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Program provides information about testing for radon in real estate transactions. Estimates are that 75-80% of the radon tests done in New Jersey each year are done as part of a real estate transaction according to the database of testing information maintained by the Radon Program. The New Jersey Radon Potential Map states that radon levels in excess of the USEPA’s recommended action level of 4 pCi/L have been found in all risk zones in the state. The Program notes that even though the average test result for one community in Ocean County was very low ( 0.98 pCi/L) some test results have been as high as 23.7 pCi/L.

Nevada Outreach to Group Meetings Distributes Information and Test Kits to Wide Audience

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program participated in outreach activities at several functions, proving answers to questions, educational information, and free test kits during the closing quarter of 2017. The Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health supports these projects through a grant from the USEPA. Radon experts and educators addressed attendees at:

  • Reno Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP);
  • Renown Cancer Institute Great American Smokeout and Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events;
  • Nevada Nurses Association/Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders Convention; and
  • Nevada Cancer Coalition Summit.

Oregon Provides Radon Communication Toolkit to School Districts

by Margaret Henderson

Oregon statues required school districts, as well as charter schools, to submit radon testing plans to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) by September 1, 2016. (Testing must be done by January 1, 2021.) As of January 30, 2018, the number of districts that provided plans was 194. The list of districts complying with the requirement is at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/HEALTHYNEIGHBORHOODS/RADONGAS/Documents/School%20District%20Radon%20Testing%20Plans%20Received%20by%20OHA_01.30.18.pdf

Colorado Hosted Region 8 Stakeholders Conference

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program hosted the USEPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders Conference in Denver, Colorado, on April 19 – 20, 2018. There were 125 attendees and numerous educational and informational presentations. For the agenda and presentations, see
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/epa-region-8-radon-stkhs-conf-presentations

Guest speakers presented information on technical topics including:
• Mitigation Diagnostics in Basements
• Radon in Pier-and-Grade-Beam Foundations
• Radon Myths Debunked
• Evaluating and Assessing Radon Testing in Housing

Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa, discussed “Radon: The Leading Environmental Cause of Cancer Mortality.”

Two presentations on Colorado radon projects included:
• Colorado Radon Measurement and Mitigation Guidance Document

Proposed Rules Governing Radon Professional Licensing, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4620, parts 7000 to 7950

The following Notice of Intent to Adopt will be published in the Minnesota State Register on June 4, 2018. The notice contains information about a possible hearing and how to submit comments regarding the rules.

The following documents are posted on our rulemaking web page: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rulemaking/rulesindex.html

Proposed Radon Licensing Rules
Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR)
SONAR Appendix A: Measurement Professional Definition
SONAR Appendix B: List of Acronyms
Minnesota Department of Health

Division of Environmental Health

DUAL NOTICE: Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or
More Persons Request a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for
Hearing Are Received; Revisor’s ID Number 4353; OAH Docket Number 80-9000-35236