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CANCELATION MDH Radon Licensing Meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020 in Blaine

The Minnesota Department of Heath (MDH) Radon Licensing Meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020 in Blaine has been postponed. We will reschedule this class to a future date. We are also planning a series of webinars that will be held this spring. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or by email health.indoorair@health.state.mn.us

CANCELATION 2020 Regional Radon Conference in Helena, MT March 26 and 27

Dear 2020 Regional Radon Conference registrants,

We are sorry to inform you that we are canceling the 2020 Regional Radon Conference in Helena, MT March 26 and 27 due to the coronavirus threat and the number of related travel restrictions and cancellations.

As a note to registrants of the radon courses offered on March 27 by Kansas State University, those courses still might be offered as webinars. Earlier today KSU sent course registrants an email message regarding the availability of those courses.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


2020 Regional Radon Conference Planning Committee

John Podolinsky
State of Montana, Dept. of Environmental Quality
Energy Bureau
Small Business Ombudsman (SBO)
Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)
Toll free: 800.433.8773
Radon Control Program

Alaska Provides Video about Radon

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service provides information to the public about radon. In a video 23 minutes in length, in depth information is presented. The video is posted on YouTube and is also available on DVD for $5.00 at http://cespubs.uaf.edu/publications/?cat=&s=radon The video covers topics such as:

· What is radon and why is it risky?

· How does radon enter the home?

· How can I test and mitigate high radon levels?

· How can new homes be built to avoid high radon levels?

For more information, contact:

Art Nash oralnashjr@alaska.edu


Alabama “What’s New” Article Promotes Radon Action Month

Alabama Public Health, Office of Radiation Control, highlighted National Radon Action Month in its “What’s New” section of its website.

What's New: January is National Radon Action Month, the Department explained that radon cannot be detected by sight or smell, but can cause serious exposure. Noting that exposure can be prevented, the article suggest steps to detect and mitigate high radon levels. It also provided links to the county level results for radon testing at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/radon/radon-in-alabama.html and radon testing options http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/radon/radon-testing.html

SIRG Summary Report on 2019 Activities

Dear Radon Stakeholders,

EPA is pleased to share the SIRG Summary Report on 2019 Activities. See https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-02/documents/sirg_2019_annual_summary_report_final.pdf
This report highlights the important work states, territories, and tribes are undertaking across the country to advance radon risk reduction. Please feel free to distribute within your networks.

Thanks to the grantees and EPA Regions who assisted with collecting the information used to develop this report.


Kirsten Hesla
Indoor Environments Division
(202) 564-2984

NOTE: In subsequent blog posts, highlights of the report will be given in the coming weeks!

A Welcome from Helena, Montana -- Radon Conference March 26 and 27, 2020


It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the EPA Region 8 Radon Conference on March 26 and 27 in Helena, Montana. This year’s conference theme is “Radon Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region” and is brought to you by Montana, Colorado, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and EPA Region 8.

Conference Highlights
The conference will host the exchange of ideas, knowledge, technical tips and scientific studies. Day One of the conference is filled with presentations on regional radon activities, mapping of radon test results, radon-related health and medical topics, radon measurement and mitigation, educational resources and radon in schools.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Wallace Akerley of the University of Utah who will speak on radon induced lung cancer and new medical treatments. University of Montana Professor Dr. Tony Ward will speak on radon activities in Montana schools.

Radon Poster and Video Winners

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors reviewed and coordinated the selection of the national poster and video winners. States who submitted their 1st place poster and video from their state contests were eligible to win the National Contests. The American Lung Association and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors congratulate all the students who participated from all over the country!

The 2020 National Poster Contest winners and their prizes include:
1st place – Emma M., Olympia Junior High School, Utah, $1,000
2nd place – Sophia O., Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science, Florida, $300
3rd place – Emily B., Clearlake Middle School, Iowa, $200

The 2020 National Video Contest winner:
The Silent Killer produced by Emaray S., Rebecca L., Gabrielle J., and Stephanie S. from Emmetsburg High School in Emmetsburg, Iowa, $1,000

Logan County, Ohio, Promoted Radon Action Month

The Logan County Health District of Ohio promoted Radon Action Month publishing an article, “Ohioans urged to test homes for radioactive gas during National Radon Action Month.”

The District article follows:

Reducing high indoor radon levels can lower cancer risk

Test kits are a simple way to protect your family from this health hazard

In recognition of National Radon Action Month, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, is encouraging Ohioans to test their homes for the radioactive gas this January and take steps to reduce risk if elevated levels are detected.

“Long-term exposure to high levels of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the top cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers,” Dr. Acton said. “Running this easy, inexpensive test is an important first step in protecting your family from a devastating disease that kills thousands of Ohioans each year.”

Michigan District Health Department Promoted Radon Action Month

District Health Department # 10, in Michigan, promoted National Radon Action Month, with an announcement and an offer of free test kits. The announcement provided advice as follows:

“So what should you do? Have your home tested. It’s the only way to know for sure if your home has high levels of radon. District Health Department #10 is providing FREE Home radon test kits in the month of January. Test kits are also available all year long for $10 each at DHD#10. You can also hire a qualified radon service provider to do the testing for you. For questions on what to do if you have high levels of radon in your home, call your local environmental health sanitarian at DHD#10 in your area.”

The article provided links to the radon program in Michigan, which notes that one in every four homes in Michigan has high radon levels.

Weld and Mesa Counties in Colorado Promoted Radon Action Month

Colorado Counties promoted National Radon Action Month in a variety of ways, including news releases and providing free testing kits. The announcement from Weld County, Colorado, follows:

January is National Radon Action Month

Posted on 01/03/2020

January is National Radon Action Month, and the middle of winter is a perfect time to test your home for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in the soil and rock around your home and can seep into your home through the cracks and crevices in its foundation. If exposed to high levels of radon over a long enough period of time, then you are at an increased risk for lung cancer. The only way to tell if your home has radon is to test for it. Your neighbor's test results are not a good indicator of what the level of radon is in your own home! Request a free radon test kit (Weld County residents only) today from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.