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Minnesota Announces School Indoor Air Quality Training

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced School Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Training to be held in September and October 2019. Attendees who complete the three-hour class will receive one hour of continuing education credit (1.0 CEU) towards their MDH radon measurement or mitigation license. This course is not approved for National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) credits. The training is being provided at no cost and is designed for:

· School officials, service providers, health professionals, and others who want to learn more about indoor air quality regulations, guidance and resources

· Public schools that need an IAQ Coordinator (expect to lose their current person or want a second person trained)

Details of the announcement follow:

School Indoor Air Quality Training

CRCPD’s National Conference Awards First and Second Place to Radon Posters

At the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) 51st annual meeting, held in Anchorage, Alaska, in May, the winning poster was “Working with Builders in Radon Resistant New Construction: A Florida Case Study.” The poster was presented by staff of Florida Health. Introduction, Background, Methods, Data Analysis, and Conclusions were presented. The data concluded that Radon Resistant New Construction was largely effective in reducing radon. The subject area was Tallahassee, Florida, with measurements from a home using short-term and continuous monitoring.

Oregon Health Authority and Radon Resistant New Construction

by Margaret Henderson

The Oregon Health Authority Radon Awareness Program encourages radon resistant new construction (RRNC) in the state. Much of the State of Oregon is at risk for elevated radon levels as displayed in mapping indicating radon measurements throughout the state. https://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=b48af2492fac4dd7857e5601c54dbf0f. Several counties in Oregon require RRNC, including Baker, Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill. By Oregon statue, RRNC is required in all public buildings (including schools) and residences built after April 1, 2013, in these seven Oregon counties.

Tennessee Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Regarding Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation report for Fiscal Years 2017-2018, the actions related to radon that comply with non-discriminatory practices are presented. See the document, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Title VI Compliance Report And Implementation Plan, at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/sustainable-practices/title-vi/2017-2018%20Title%20VI%20Plan.pdf

The report describes how Tennessee complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Vermont Encourages Testing Schools for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Vermont Department of Health and the Environment has emphasized the important of testing for radon in schools for more than a decade. Because the second largest contributor to radon exposure for children and staff is likely at their school, testing in Vermont has been encouraged by offering free radon kits.

To date, since 2005, approximately 25% of Vermont schools have been tested for radon; 14% had at least one room at or above the action level. Some results have been as high as five times the EPA recommended action level of 0.4 pCi/L.

In addition to the free test kits, the department also offers technical assistance to schools that have elevated radon levels. The department also provides links to the EPA guidance on schools:

· Radon in Schools

· Radon Measurement in Schools guidance document

Items of Interest from the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit

Contributed by Daniel Tranter

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Indoor Air Unit has projects ongoing this summer and items of interest regarding radon.

Radon Disparities Study

We are continuing a study, with MDH Environmental Public Health Tracking and MDH Comprehensive Cancer Control, to examine geographic and socioeconomic differences in radon testing and mitigation. We anticipate using the findings to target our resources, improve our outreach, increase testing rates, and provide a roadmap for seeking funding for mitigation systems in areas with high radon and high poverty levels. Expected study completion by end of 2019.

Preliminary findings show:

· Statistically significant clustering of higher mitigation rates, primarily in the western and southern metropolitan areas, and lower mitigation rates, primarily in the Northern metro area.

Pennsylvania Includes Radon Information in Go Green Suggestions

by Margaret Henderson

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provides a website encouraging “Go Green” for making homes more energy efficient, using renewable products, reducing consumer costs and helping climate change. Included with the numerous “Go Green” suggestions, information about radon resistant new construction and testing and mitigating homes for radon are provided with links to the department’s Radon Program.

Summit County, Colorado, Displays Radon Message on Buses

Information contributed by Maya Kulick and Dan Hendershott

In Summit County, Colorado, a message about obtaining free radon test kits was displayed on two buses that ran through the county and specifically several towns.

Summit County Public Health contracted with Street Media Group Advertising Display to display a vinyl advertising sign on a bus exterior and tail. The sign (dimensions of 21” x 72”) presented the message about free radon test kits prominently on the tail of the bus. The contract period was December 31, 2018, through March 24, 2019, and the messaging may have run a bit longer than that. The timing was to coincide with the beginning of Radon Action Month in January and continued for through three months total. The buses did not run the same route every day, and went through several towns and unincorporated parts of the county, including Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne.

Radon in Water Testing Laboratory in Colorado

A message from Chrys Kelley:

Because I get this question a lot, I thought I would share with you all that we now have a radon in water testing laboratory in Colorado Springs, CO. It is the Radon Measurements Lab, LLC. They also have charcoal canisters and other devices that are analyzed on site. This is the laboratory that was previously at University of Colorado, Colorado Spring (UCCS) with Dr. Jim Burkhart. It is now located in the El Paso County Health Department and is directed by Jimmy Burkhart (Jim's son).

Contact information for the laboratory:
Website: https://www.radmlab.com/
Phone: 719-575-8484
Email: radonmeasurmentslab@yahoo.com

For more information about radon in Colorado, contact:

Chrystine (Chrys) Kelley
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Radon Program Manager
Phone 303-392-3442
Fax 303-691-7841

Hands on Classroom Initial Radon Gas Testing, Laboratory Analysis or Radon Gas Mitigation Prereq. or 16 CE

Initial Radon Gas Testing, Laboratory Analysis or Radon Gas Mitigation Prereq. or 16 CE June 22 & 23rd This is for Initial training or 16 CE at the Inn at Mountainview near Latrobe PA - http://www.innatmtview.com/ Call 724-774-4535 or Email to: numberoneradontester@comcast.net This is a great ALARA/Specialty Class for Health Physicists and this class is also accepted for 16 Credits for Real Estate Industry. It is a Great Safety Class for HVAC Pros, Builders and Plumbers in need of Radon Resistance Building Techniques AND its Public Outreach training for those that provide phone answering services and marketing - you can attend for reduced costs. Class ​Address: The Inn at Mountain View 300 Scenery Ln, Greensburg, PA 15601