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News Coverage from Amarillo, TX 12-18-09

From KFDA-TV NewsChannel 10, Amarillo, TX: Why it is important to test for radon in your home: http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=11701909

Webinar on Radon Resistant Construction strategies in Multi Family Housing

The National Center for Healthy Housing and Enterprise Community
Partners are holding a webinar on radon-resistant construction
strategies in multi-family housing on December 17th at 2:00 p.m, Eastern
time.

If you're interested in participating, please register now:
www.enterprisecommunity.org/training_and_events/live_online_events/#121709

Active RRNC Model Code Proposal

Announcement - December 11, 2009

This is an announcement for a new effort to develop an ANSI/AARST model code for Active Radon Resistant New Construction (Active RRNC) in high radon areas. This new model code is intended to support code change proposals under consideration in the International Residential Code (IRC). Modifying the building code to require an Active Soil Depressurization (ASD) system in all new homes in high radon areas in the United States will further the joint goals of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) to double the radon mitigation rate in the United States over the next five years.

Health Physics Society recommends considering action for indoor radon below current guidelines

Health Physics Society recommends considering action for indoor radon below current guidelines
Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 02:15 in Health & Medicine

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is produced by the radioactive decay of radium. Radium is a product of uranium decay and is found in trace amounts naturally in nearly all rocks, soils, and groundwater as well as building materials, plants, animals, and the human body. Radon concentration is expressed as the amount of radiation that would be emitted by radon and its decay products in a liter of air; thus the units are picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The American Cancer Society, on its Web site, states that the estimates for lung cancer deaths caused by radon each year is between 15,400 and 21,800.

ICRP Radon Statement

ICRP has recently released an updated statement on radon that generally fits well with the recent WHO guidance. See : http://www.icrp.org/icrp_radon.asp

Please complete a survey to improve radon surveillance

Dear Radon Leaders,

A survey titled “Iowa Surveillance Survey” has been posted under the “Discuss” tab on the RadonLeaders.org home page. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to complete the 3 questions. This survey will help in the evaluation of the Iowa radon test result surveillance system and in radon surveillance overall.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kaitlin Emrich
CDC/CSTE Fellow in Environmental Health
Iowa Department of Public Health

Call for Abstracts - 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innova

Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards (OAQPS), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP), and Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) are hosting the 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement, and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation being held January 25-27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We are issuing this call for abstracts for poster presentations on Environmental Justice by community residents. Abstracts will be accepted October 14, 2009 through November 13, 2009.

Screencast Available - National Radon Action Month Webinar, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dear Radon Leaders,

On October 20, 2009, EPA hosted a webinar titled, “New Radon Outreach Tools for January 2010 and Beyond.”

During the Webinar, speakers provided the latest news and tools to help radon stakeholders prepare for National Radon Action Month, and conduct radon outreach year-round. Highlights included:

  • An update on National Radon Program Services now run by Kansas State University (formerly run by the National Safety Council);
  • A preview of new tools on RadonLeaders.org for posting, viewing, and having a dialogue around National Radon Action Month activities and events; and
  • An update on exciting media campaigns being led by EPA.

A screencast of the webinar and "Questions and Answers" from the session are available at:

Very Important - Healthy People 2020 Draft Objectives

The US Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public comments on the draft set of proposed objectives for Healthy People 2020. This is your opportunity to review the objectives and topic areas and suggest additional objectives and topic areas that you feel are missing from the draft set. Beginning today and until December 31, 2009, you may submit your comments on the Healthy People Web site: http://www.healthypeople.gov/ If you prefer, you may e-mail your comments to HP2020@hhs.gov.

American Cancer Society Perspectives on Environmental Factors and Cancer

American Cancer Society Perspectives on Environmental Factors and Cancer

http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/cgi/content/full/caac.20041v1