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Radon in Real Estate Guidance Is Offered by Michigan Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

With the increasing frequency of radon testing by buyers as a part of the home buying process, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Radon Program has provided guidance on some basics about radon in homes. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of the health risk associated with exposure to elevated indoor radon levels, to encourage testing for radon, and to also encourage citizens to take action to reduce their exposure once elevated radon levels are found.

The Michigan Program indicates that about 12% of homes in Michigan have radon levels in excess of the 4pCi/L EPA recommended action level. Some Michigan counties have even higher percentages of homes with radon exceeding that level—as many as 40-45% of them. The Program notes the only way to know the radon level is to test the home.

The Program offers guidance to home buyers:

Report on the New York State Radon Stakeholders Meeting

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on November 9, 2017, at the Traditions on the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 70 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, radon testers and mitigators, and elected officials.

The keynote address was presented by Guy Garty, Ph.D., Columbia University, on the topic of “The Radiobiology of Radon.” Additional speakers presented on:
• radon resistant new construction;
• radon and weatherization;and
• continuous radon monitoring – testing and equipment calibration.

Dallas Jones, Executive Director of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) provided updates and discussed the National Radon Map Project. NYS Department of Health staff provided updates on their radon program and the Healthy Neighborhoods project. Larainne Koehler, EPA Region II, also provided updates.

Announcing the Radon Stakeholders Meeting in Iowa March 6, 2018

The 12th Annual State Radon Stakeholder’s Conference will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center.

This meeting is being held at no cost for all those that have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in their homes, schools and businesses. It is the intent of U.S. EPA Region 7 and its partners: the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Heartland Chapter of AARST (the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand radon issues from other perspectives, share, educate and network.

Radon Facts for Virginians From the Virginia Department of Health Indoor Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Indoor Radon Program has created a brochure about radon, specific to Virginians. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/7/2016/01/Radon-Facts-for-Virginians.pdf

Indiana Mapping Promotes Interest in Testing for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana State Department of Health, Indoor Air Quality Program, provides information about Indiana radon potentials and levels and radon prevention and mitigation.

All counties in Indiana are categorized as either Zone 1 or Zone 2 counties, per the USEPA classification.

  • Zone 1 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L.
  • Zone 2 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels from 2 to 4 pCi/L.

With such high potential for excessive indoor radon, the Program advises the public that the only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home. To encourage testing and mitigation and inform the public about radon potentials and findings in their areas, the Program has provided test radon data through a number of maps in order to report findings in understandable, visual ways.

2013 Data

Missouri Maps and Reports Radon Testing in Public Schools

by Margaret Henderson

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides radon information for the public, including data on radon testing in public schools. Most of the state’s counties are in Zone 2, the USEPA classification, where predicted average indoor radon screening levels would be from 2 to 4 pCi/L. Eleven counties are in Zone 1, where predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L, the recommended USEPA action level.

Interactive mapping of radon testing in public schools allows filtering by county and school name in order to zoom to results or statewide data can be viewed of all counties and districts. Selections include public schools and districts tested. Map background may be chosen. https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/EPHT_radonSchool/index.html

Kansas Data on Testing During Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Environmental Health and the Kansas Radon Program have analyzed radon data collected over two decades, frequently finding data reveals elevated radon levels. In Kansas, most of the counties are classified as Zone 1, per the USEPA classification. Zone 1 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L.

Data through 2014 is presented in a county map of the state with a total number of measurements equal to 73,959. Of those, 31,539 exceeded the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Measurements of 20 pCi/L or greater were reported in 1,957 results. The maximum reported radon level was 1,121.6 pCi/L and the average radon level was 5.1 pCi/L.

Working With Real Estate Professionals in Illinois

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Melinda Lewis, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

There is no law requiring that a radon test be performed on residential properties. However, the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose known radon levels of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or more. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has designated 4.0 pCi/L as the action level, the level at which mitigation is recommended to reduce indoor radon levels.

The Illinois Real Property Disclosure Act of 1993 included radon disclosure on a checklist that states “I am aware of unsafe concentrations of radon on the premises.”

Save the Date of January 11, 2018, for the Next MDH and NS-AARST Stakeholder Meeting

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in partnership with the North Star Chapter of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (NS-AARST) ask you to Save the Date of January 11, 2018 for the next MDH and NS-AARST Stakeholder meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Who: Minnesota Radon Stakeholders including measurement and mitigation professionals, health officials and partners

What: First MDH Stakeholder Meeting of 2018

Where: Blaine Fire Department - 11920 Ulysses St NE, Blaine, MN 55434

When: Thursday January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

This will be very similar to the past Radon Stakeholder meetings and NRPP Continuing Education Credits will be made available to those who need them. We will be applying for 6 hours of Category 1 type hours. Lunch will be provided, but a registration fee may be charged by NS-AARST to cover the cost of lunch and snacks.

New Mexico’s Indoor Radon Outreach Program

by Margaret Henderson

New Mexico Environment Department Radiation Control Bureau operates the “Indoor Radon Outreach Program” in order to provide public education about the health risk of radon gas, and information on methods for mitigating excess indoor radon. The Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).