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Kentucky Governor Signs Bill Relating to Radon Gas Certification and Proficiency Programs

by Margaret Henderson

House Bill 420 regarding radon has passed the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was signed by the Governor on March 26, 2019.

The bill amended KRS 211.9101, an act relating to radon gas certifications and proficiency programs. The bill passed the Assembly with no votes against the legislation. To review the legislative history, see https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb420.html

"Proficiency program" means either the National Radon Proficiency Program or 5 the National Radon Safety Board. Additional information about the content of the bill, see https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/19RS/hb420/bill.pdf

For technical information about radon in Kentucky, contact:

Kentucky Radon Program
275 E. Main St. HS1C-D
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-4856

Josh Kerber to Instruct at Upcoming Radon Course

Josh Kerber of the Minnesota Department of Health Radon Program will be an instructor in an upcoming course held in Minneapolis, MN. Information on the course follows and includes an attachment.

Radon Industry Contacts: MURC will be conducting its Advanced Diagnostics 16 hr NRPP KSU-228 and IL CE ID# RNTC2018-0. Approved Course on May 16-17, 2019 at the Energy Conservatory in Minneapolis, MN.

Registration limited to 25: Register Early!

Bills at the Minnesota Legislature Regarding Radon

Contributed by Dan Tranter

There are three radon bills that have been introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this session.

F. 2178 : A bill for an act relating to housing; requiring landlords to test for radon and provide disclosures; providing penalties and remedies; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 504B.

H.F. 244 : A bill for an act relating to education; health; requiring school districts to conduct radon testing; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.571.

S.F. No. 1559 : A bill for an act relating to health; allowing state contractor licensee to perform radon mitigation work; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 144.4961, by adding a subdivision; 326B.805, by adding a subdivision.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Daniel Tranter
Supervisor | Indoor Air Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
Office: 651-201-4618

Ohio Cancer Plan Through 2020 Has Radon Objective and Strategies

by Margaret Henderson

The Ohio Department of Health Radon Education and Licensing Program provides public information about radon, licenses radon professionals and works with local health departments in the state to reduce exposure to radon. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/radon-education-and-licensing-program/welcome-to

The Ohio Radon Fact Sheet notes that one in three homes has elevated levels of radon, but the public may not be aware of the radon hazard. https://sosradon.org/files/sosradon/OH%20Radon%20Facts_1.pdf

Indiana’s Radon Tools for Local Health Departments

by Margaret Henderson

Indiana State Department of Health provides tools for local health department staff regarding radon at https://www.in.gov/isdh/26552.htm

Across Indiana, 93 local health departments serve the public by providing many health services on topics such as environmental health services, food protection, emergency preparedness, and other issues. The State Department of Health provides direct support to local health departments to help them deliver essential public health services, including assistance with radon issues. The Department provides radon tools and forms including:
· Rule 410 Indiana Administrative Code 5.1 (Radon Rule)
· Citizen's Guide to Radon pamphlet
· Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction pamphlet
· Home Buyers and Sellers Guide to Radon pamphlet
· Indiana's Radon Fact Sheet
· EPA Radon Fact Sheet (Bilingual)
· Information for locating Radon Professionals

SAVE THE DATE-New York Annual Radon Partners / Stakeholder Meeting 2019

Please join us for the 2019 Annual NYSDOH Radon Stakeholder meeting to be held at the Traditions in Johnson City, NY on October 10, 2019.

The Keynote Address: Past Present, Future will be delivered by Dr. Lane Price

The American Association of Radiation Scientists and Technologists (AARST) will hold training days on Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th at the same location. Course topics will be shared at a later date.

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Utah State of the Environment Report Addresses Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its annual State of the Environment Report in early 2019. The report is an end-of-year report for 2018. The activities of the department during 2018 are noted in a comprehensive report summarizes the ways the department addresses environmental issues in order to improve the health of residents of Utah. Included in the report is information about how radon issues are addressed.

One in three homes in Utah is anticipated to have elevated levels of radon in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4pCi/L. The department’s Radon Program offers activities and services that promote awareness, testing and mitigation:

* Radon awareness through public outreach and education

* Low-cost test kits to Utah residents

* Indoor radon surveys in target areas

* Individualized assistance to homeowners and public agencies

* Public-school testing

Missouri Announces Poster Contest for 2019

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced its 2019 Radon Poster Contest, with entries being due October 30, 2019. The contest goal is to raise awareness and reduce radon exposure to the public. Entries may be made by children ages 9-14.

Awards are as follows:

“The state winners will receive gift cards in the amounts of $100 for first place and $50 for second and third place. Each winner’s teacher will also receive a $50 gift card. The top three state posters will be sent to the National Radon Program Services as entries to the national contest. The national winners will receive award plaques and gift cards in the amount of $1000 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third, and $400 for special online voting recognition. National winners will be recognized in the state and EPA region where they live. Posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.”

Minnesota Department of Health Announces New Interactive Radon Map

Adapted from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) News Release, January 15, 2019

A new interactive map from MDH shows radon testing rates for every census tract in Minnesota counties and is available online at https://mndatamaps.web.health.state.mn.us/interactive/radontract.html

An estimated two in five homes in Minnesota have high levels of radon. The map presents radon test results from 2010-2016, as average annual testing rates per 10,000 housing units.