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Administrator Jackson to Kick Off EPA's 40th Anniversary Commemoration

Weeklong series of events to highlight EPA’s 40 years protecting American communities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will hold several events kicking off a weeklong commemoration of EPA’s 40th Anniversary on Monday.

Monday morning, the Aspen Institute will unveil their list of EPA’s most significant achievements over the past 40 years. Following that, Administrator Jackson will participate in a discussion of that list with Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute. Reporters wishing to attend the event at the Aspen Institute should RSVP to Jeffrey Harris at jeffrey.harris@aspeninstitute.org.

In the afternoon, the administrator will travel to Atlanta to meet with EPA regional staff. On Tuesday, she will also hold an event at the Coretta Scott King Young Woman’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta. Later in the week, the administrator will travel to New York City.

Reflecting on the 2010 NRAM: Partnership Opportunities and Successes

The 2010 National Radon Action Month offered a unique opportunity to partner and work with several organizations within our community – all in the hopes of educating and raising awareness about radon-induced lung cancer.

We worked with organizers from CANSAR, Free to Breath as well as the American Lung Association in Jacksonville, Florida to participate in the first annual Free to Breath 5K Run/Walk in the city (November 2009). As a state health department, we grasped the opportunity to provide information about radon and its health effects – as the race served as a fundraiser for lung cancer research and awareness.

The opportunity to engage race participants, their families and other attendees was vast. With an estimated 1,000 participants, we were able to distribute 43 free radon test kits – 21 of which were returned.

Radio Interview: Danger of Radon Gas with Dr. Joe Leach

Discussion: Why Radon Matters
Ted Garrison with Gloria Linnertz and Dr. Joseph Leach

Gloria Linnertz is Vice President of Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) and Board member of American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). CanSAR is dedicated to preventing radon-induced lung cancer and saving lives through radon education and awareness. Dr. Joseph Leach is the medical director of oncology at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and is a member of the thoracic oncology program at Abbott Northwestern hospital. He specializes in lung cancer and is an advisor to MN Dept of Health on radon.

Listen to the full interview of Why Radon Matters on CanSAR.org.

Looking for studies on residential high-rises- ventilation and/or radon

Friends and colleagues:

I am looking for any data of ventilation rates in residential high-rise buildings, and possible radon in them, for a literature review and short paper.

I have two studies now, by Tom Pugh of FL A&M (5 buildings, 5 units) and Bill Brodhead working in NC (1 building, 5 units). They both show low ventilation and elevated radon levels in units above the 3rd floor. The source is likely to be concrete, but I'd like to find more data.

Florida's radon office also has radon data from around 1,000 tests conducted above the 3rd floor. A third of those tests found radon levels >4 pCi/L. Some owners have reportedly used ventilation (ERVs) to lower their radon levels.

Please share with me anything you know of other ventilation or radon tests in residential high-rise buildings. Also, feel free to re-post this on any other science list-serves.


Henry Slack
U.S. EPA Region 4
Atlanta, GA

Need Help with a Presentation on Radon to K-5 Kids

I will be doing a power point presentation at an elementary school for the students (K-5). I need help!

I am looking for pictures (photos or drawings) that I can use in my power point presentation or if someone has created a power point presentation for kids these ages and I could borrow it that would be GREAT!

Anything suggestion would also be appreciated


National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes - Submit Radon Ideas

National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes
November 4th - November 21st, 2010

How can we integrate efforts and overcome barriers to make homes healthy, safe, and energy efficient?

Submit your ideas at http://www.greenandhealthyhomesdialogue.org/, and express the need for action to prevent radon induced lung cancer. Please take advantage of this opportunity and put forth a radon related idea by the time the window closes on Monday, November 21, 2010.

Your participation will help:
• Improve current and future housing programs and policies
• Help our community overcome barriers
• Share best practices that can be put into action

For more information on how to participate, visit http://www.greenandhealthyhomesdialogue.org/.

2010 Annual APHA Meeting - Radon Session

The American Public Health Association (APHA) 138th Annual Meeting and Expo took place this week in Denver, Colorado. With an estimated 12,000 number of attendees, the goal of this conference is to join everyone in the public health community – health practitioners, academics, government agencies and public health professionals – to share, learn and expand their knowledge in the current issues affecting the health of the American public.

Along with sessions such as “Current Topics in Cancer Prevention” and “Healthy Housing and Green Buildings,” this conference also included a session on radon testing and radon-induced lung cancer, entitled “Radon: Awareness and Health Impacts.”

EPA Seeks Public Comments on Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades (comment closes Dec. 9, 2010)

EPA Seeks Public Comments on "Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades" [11/09/2010] EPA is developing voluntary Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, in conjunction with the Department of Energy (DOE) Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades. The comment period runs through December 9, 2010. Read more at www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/retrofits.html

Vice President Biden's Middle Class Task Force Recovery Through Retrofit event today 11/9/10 celebrates the publication of IED's draft Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/retrofits.html) as part of the Recovery Through Retrofit Initiative.

Several early press articles:

USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/11/obama-home-energy-retrofits/1
McClatchy: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/11/09/v-print/103397/biden-to-roll-out-home-energy.html

CRCPD Awards Program Nominations Open, Due by December 1st

Please see the attachment CRCPD Awards Program Nomination Form for the 2011 Radon Hero Award. Nominations are to be submitted to me no later than December 1, 2010.

Thank you,

That’s My Daughter’s Radon Poster Design on the T-Shirt You’re Wearing!

I love T-shirts, but what I love even more is a T-shirt about radon, and what I love even more than that is seeing my daughter’s poster design about radon on a T-shirt. Each year, state radon programs have been supporting children, parents and teachers to do just that for the National Radon Poster Contest. The contest is cosponsored by EPA and Kansas State University. The contest is an artistic yet educational way to teach students about radon and its effects on our health. We all have much to learn about radon, and we can help spread awareness by wearing these unique T-shirts and pinning up those posters in our offices and buildings. Do you want to know how to get contest information?