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CanSAR Launches New Campaign to Increase Radon Awareness

Hendersonville, NC, August 1, 2017: August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day 2017. Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through radon awareness, chose this day to announce the launch of a new awareness and fund raising campaign: Women Against Radon (WAR).

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 222,500 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 155,000 will die from the disease this year. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, according to ACS.
Cigarette smoking remains the #1 cause of lung cancer, but the second leading cause is radon exposure, which occurs primarily in the home. Millions of homes, as well as schools, and other buildings are all places where radon exposure can occur, resulting in more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States alone.

Minnesota Repeal of Radon Licensing Program Vetoed by Governor

The portion of an Omnibus bill that included the Repeal Bill of the Radon Licensing Program has been vetoed by Governor Dayton of Minnesota. In making the veto, he mentioned the importance of having testers and mitigators properly trained in order to protect consumers and the public health. Rulemaking for Radon Licensing in Minnesota will proceed, with an implementation date of January 1, 2019. Rulemaking is to be completed during 2017. Rules will require licensing of those who measure and/or mitigate for radon.

For more information about the proposed rules or legislative changes, contact:
Joshua Kerber

Nevada Publication Provides Information and Provides an “Ask the Professor” Feature

by Margaret Henderson

Nevada Today, an on-line publication of the University of Nevada Reno, featured an article by Susan Howe, Director of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program in which she explains why it's important to check for radon in your home. http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2017/atp-radon

The program’s activities are a grant-funded outreach program, funded by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The “Ask the Professor” feature of the article provides a contact form in which the reader may ask a professor a question about radon.

In the article, Ms. Howe encourages testing, radon resistant new construction, and mitigation when necessary. The article also provides links to the Radon Poster winner for 2017 and to a series of outreach meetings conducted during 2017.

Rhode Island Radon Control Program Provides Wide Array of Guidance

by Margaret Henderson

Rhode Island Department of Health, Radon Control Program, provides guidance to the public on a variety of radon topics. In Rhode Island, the average radon level is almost three times the national average. One in four homes tested has exceeded the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/l. More than 50% tested homes in Exeter and Richmond exceeded this level (2011 database). Therefore, making public information widely available is an important mission of the department.

To provide information to the public, the department uses its website to provide a wide variety of information for businesses and residents.

Some guidance includes:

• Radon in drinking water wells http://web.uri.edu/safewater/files/TipSheetC13-Radon.pdf

Announcement and Invitation to the 27th National Radon Training Conference

October 1-4, 2017
New Orleans, LA

The 27th National Radon Training Conference will be held October 2-4 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. The conference is hosted by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and in conjunction with the American Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists (AARST)International Symposium. There are four days of training, presentations and concurrent workshops. Approximately 300 participants are expected to attend. Click here to go to the registration website: http://www.crcpd.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=882978.

Wisconsin Data on Radon Presented in On-line Mapping Tool

by Margaret Henderson

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides radon information at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radon/index.htm. Data on radon tests are presented on-line so that residents can find out where radon test results have been the highest. An interactive map, “Wisconsin Indoor Radon Levels,” features test results give in average radon levels and the percentage of test results greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L, the recommended USEPA action level. http://wi-dhs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=a0f619747b5e4e72bce960619e6663e8

Alabama Provides Testing Instruction for Karst and Non-karst Areas

by Margaret Henderson

Radon in Alabama homes can vary from home to home and throughout the state, which includes all three radon zones (EPA designation) for high, moderate and low concentrations of radon. Fifteen counties in Alabama have the highest potential for elevated radon (exceeding 4pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level). Additionally, the type of geologic formations in Alabama introduce an additional element of uncertainty in testing that is important to note.

Nevada “My Hazards Map” Includes Radon

by Margaret Henderson

A collaboration between the Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has produced a “My Hazards Map” which includes radon, along with other categories of hazards (fires, floods, earthquakes) with choices of base layer (satellite imagery, streets, etc.).

The interactive map with multiple hazard layers can been seen at
https://gisweb.unr.edu/MyHAZARDS/ The American Geosciences Institute Critical Issues termed it the “map of the day” on Twitter on June 6.

Indoor Radon Risk Levels in Oregon

by Margaret Henderson

The Oregon Public Health Division, Radon Awareness Program, recommends testing all Oregon residences regardless of the risk level assigned to the home's geographic location. In Oregon an estimated 276 radon-related deaths occur each year, according to the department.

To help residents understand the level of radon risk associated with living in various areas of the state, the department presents data and assigns risk scores. The data includes long-term radon tests (more than 90 days) and short-term radon tests (2-90 days) that have been conducted primarily by homeowners among a group of homes, even those next door to each other.

Information is available in a risk level map for radon using arcgis (geographic information systems presentation).

South Carolina Presents Radon Data by County in State Map

by Margaret Henderson

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) used results from test kits analyzed by its laborary, from kits provided to residents who tested their homes. Test kit data through December 31, 2015, is presented on-line in a county map, giving average in-home radon concentrations.

For each county, the average result, highest level and number of tests are given. The highest level of 126.6 pCi/L was in Greenville County [Number of Test: 4654; Average Result: 4.2 pCi/L].

The map advises, “Just because the average for your county may not be as high as others, it is possible that you have elevated radon levels in your home. The only way to know for sure is to test. This map may differ from the EPA predicted risk Radon Zone Map since it is based on radon test kit results.”

For homeowners who have tested and need to mitigate, other helpful information is provided on the department’s website, including