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Call for Papers - 6th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to attend the 6th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work which will be held at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague from September 13th till 17th, 2010.
The main topic of the Conference is “Radon as an information carrier”.

This letter is the first announcement (please, see the attachment) and call for papers.
For detailed and up-to-date information, please, follow the Conference web site:
www.radon2010.cz

The preceding 5th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work held in the year 2007 had 80 registered participants from twenty-five countries all over the world. The participants represented a wide range of fields of work related to radon issues: scientists who have dedicated most of their professional life to radon measurement and/or theory, geologists, civil engineers, and epidemiologists.

Eddie's Story, Relay for Life, and Team Radon!

The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay for Life of Fletcher, North Carolina is having its KICK OFF this Saturday, January 23 1:00-3:00 p.m. The Keynote Speaker will be Eddie Metcalfe, who is featured in the award-winning PSA, "Eddie's Story".

Team Radon Captain, Sydney Price, will be there to assist in signing up new members for Team Radon. Rumor has it that Radon Tee may be somewhere in the crowd too!

Although the official Relay for Life of Fletcher is still months away, the KICK OFF is an exciting way to build momentum and teamwork that will be required to top last year's funding raising totals, which exceeded $100,000! We hope that all the radon folks in the area will come out to meet Eddie and see what the Relay for Life is all about. Once you've become a part of the Relay, we're sure you'll be hooked!

Cincinnati's Fox 19 Features Radon Awareness

Ohio Association of Radon Professionals (OARP), president Alexia Workman was a guest on Cincinnati's Fox Affiliate. In addition, Debra Rebensdorf, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer bravely shared her story and encouraged all watching to test their home for radon. The story aired Sunday, Jan. 10- Monday, Jan 11.

Check it out!
view the video: http://www.fox19.com/Global/story.asp?S=11799114
read the story (below):
Testing your home for Radon
Posted: Jan 10, 2010 10:02 PM EST Updated: Jan 11, 2010 7:48 AM EST
By Dan Wells
CINCINNATI (FOX19) – January is National Radon Month, and it's aimed at making you aware about the affects of Radon and how to prevent it in your home.
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health.

Call for Papers - 2010 International Radon Symposium

AARST’s 20th International Radon Symposium will provide an opportunity to share ideas and to facilitate a worldwide exchange of information regarding radon in air, water and soils. AARST welcomes the participation of members of the scientific and medical community, radon testers, diagnosticians, mitigators, educators, public policy leaders and business leaders as well as consumers, both nationally and internationally.

Abstracts Your abstract should convey in 150 words or less the essence of the intended paper, clearly indicating the contribution it will make. Abstracts will be screened by the Symposium Program Committee.

Original research, including policy and business-related papers, are especially encouraged in the following areas:

  • Cost-effectiveness of radon policy and program options
  • Radon risk assessment including

-Radon measurement techniques and protocols

  • Radon devices

Radon: What the Public and Policy Makers Need to Know

I meant to send this to everyone earlier. Our own staff along with our colleagues at the Clean Indoor Air Partnership, the American Lung Association, the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals, and the Northern Kentucky Radon Coalition have put in a lot of hard work over the last year to get this booklet printed. Thank you Ellen Hahn, Betsy Janes, Heather Robertson, Mike Bossick, Erin Paul, Jon McGee, Sarah Kercsmar, Jennifer Mason, Heather Robbins, and Kyle Hoylman!

The document is focused on:

1) what the public needs to know about radon as well as;
2) the policy and existing laws associated with radon in our state and other states.

Radon Tee: World Trek 2010 Interview, WHAS11 News

My first interview of 2010! I appeared on WHAS 11 with my manager to discuss the importance of testing your home for radon. Watch the interview

I'll be appearing a few more times this coming week...stay tuned!

Learn more about Radon Tee and how to get involved at: http://www.radonleaders.org/radontee

Will Radon Leaders Ski Tahoe this winter?

Radon Leaders at the EPA should be aware that Lake Tahoe is classified as a moderate radon region on the Official (but old) EPA Radon Map while the recent California Geological Survey radon map of Tahoe shows a "very high" radon potential. Since building departments, real estate hazard reports and even USGBC's LEED green building certification program uses the old EPA radon map, little is required in the way of radon mitigation in this high radon area. The Sierra Green Building Association (SiGBA) ran my article on the "radon map problem" in their recent newsletter:

http://sigba.org/articles/aresierragreenbuil/?resetcache=true

Either LEED, the National Association of Realtors, and local building departments should use more local, recent and accurate radon maps or the EPA should update their old-and-in-the-way national radon map. So far, it's easier to use inaccurate data than change the system.

Jeff Miner
Radon At Tahoe
http://www.RadonAtTahoe.com

Housing-Radon Data

Per EPA’s contract with the NAHB-Research Center, the radon data from their 2008 membership survey is in.

1-Nationally an estimated 539,000 SFH were built; 66,000 (12.2%) of them included radon-resistant features. Although the absolute number of RRNC homes decreased significantly (109,000 down to 65,700), the percentage increased, from 11.8% in 2007 to 12.2% in 2008.

2-In Zone 1 an estimated 133,100 SFH were built; 41,200 (31%) of them included radon-resistant features. Although the absolute number of RRNC homes decreased significantly (62,900 down to 41,200), the percentage increased, from 28.6% in 2007 to 31% in 2008.

In the wider housing market, NAHB/Commerce Dept. reported today that:

1-sales of newly built homes declined 11.3% in November to an annual rate of 355,000 (compare that to the 539,000 in 2008).

2-sales of new SFH declined in 3 of 4 regions (Northeast by 3.3%, South by 21.1% and in the West by 9.2%); sales rose by 21.4% in the Midwest

EPA Announces $2 Million CARE RFP (NOFA)

EPA $2 Million CARE RFP (NOFA)

EPA is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources. Since 2005, the grants have reached 68 communities in 34 states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

Green radon mitigation systems

I am interested if any one has created a radon mitigation system that is powered by solar or wind.