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Upcoming Radon & Schools Webinar

Dear RadonLeaders Members:

EPA is presenting a webinar, "Radon in Schools Webinar: What You Need to Know," on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

Register today at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/366923592. This webinar is offered at no cost to participants.

This webinar will feature speakers Neil Case and Dan Moors, Mechanical System Engineers, Colorado Springs School District #11, as they provide you with the facts, best practices and effective methods to manage radon in your schools.

Attendees will:

  • Learn the facts about radon in schools, including its characteristics and prevalence, and why it is necessary to test every school for radon.
  • Discover effective methods and best practices for testing and mitigating radon in school buildings.

Requesting Examples of Radon as a Qualified Medical Expense by Aug 26th

Radon Colleagues,

Please see the below request and reply to Gina Bowler at bowler.gina@epa.gov by Friday, August 26, 2011. Thank you.

Qualified Medical Expense

The Internal Revenue Service Publication 502, “Medical and Dental Expenses,” does not list radon testing and mitigation among the medical expenses that can be claimed on Schedule A (Form 1040) when figuring out and reporting the deduction on your tax return.

The definition of “medical expenses” provided in IRS Publication 502 is copied below:

“Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.

RRNC 2.0 New Construction Standard Available for Public Comment

Dear Radon Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the release of the second draft for public comment on the new construction standard - RRNC 2.0 “Reducing Radon in New Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses”. The draft document may be downloaded at:

www.radonstandards.us

Regards,

Dave Kapturowski

Chair, AARST Consortium New Construction Subcommittee

David P. Kapturowski

Executive Vice President

Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.

3 Saber Way

Ward Hill, MA 01835

978.521.0901

978.521.3964 (fax)

National Radon Poster Contest Announcement

The National Radon Poster Contest is underway with changes to the prizes. National winners will receive a plaque and gift card in the amount of $1000 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third, and $400 for special online voting recognition. The posters will be reproduced and distributed across the country to promote radon awareness and testing of homes, schools and other buildings during National Radon Action Month in January 2012 and throughout the year. The deadline is October 31, 2011; for state-specific deadlines, which may be earlier, visit http://sosradon.org/poster-contest-contacts. For more
information and resources, visit http://sosradon.org/poster-contest, call 785-532-6026 or email Bruce Snead at radon@ksu.edu.

NEHA RRNC Training Opportunity

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is sponsoring a 2½ day training opportunity in Washington, D.C. The training is designed to enhance your efforts to implement radon-resistant new construction (RRNC). You will work with U.S. EPA staff, NEHA field partners who have successfully implemented RRNC in their communities, local code officials and builders, other national affiliate partners, and nationally-recognized instructors. You will see specific examples of how to develop an effective, results oriented program. And, you will develop your own comprehensive strategy to guide you in your efforts in promoting RRNC as part of your radon risk reduction strategy. The training will include an extensive overview of RRNC techniques and presentations on radon health effects, including recent research.

New NAS-IOM Report on Climate Change and IAQ

A new report entitled “The Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health” has been prepared by the NAS-Institute of Medicine (IOM). In response to a request from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences conducted a study that evaluates the state of scientific understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and IAQ-related public health. The report will be released and discussed on June 7, 2011 during a panel session at the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Austin, Texas.\

For more information on the report, visit http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/ClimateIndoorAir.aspx, or http://www.epa.gov/iaq/climatereadiness/index.html.

Philip Jalbert

EPA's Updated "Blue Book" Now Available

On June 6th Mike Flynn, Director of EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA), announced the availability of the updated EPA Radiogenic Cancer Risk Models and Projections for the U.S. Population (EPA 402-R-11-001, April 2011), also known as the Blue Book. Mike noted that,

"This update revises EPA's methodology for estimating cancer risks from radiation exposure and contains calculations for cancer risk estimates separately by age at exposure, sex, and potentially affected organ. The majority of the revision is based on the National Research Council's latest report on Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII).

Revised Conference Call ID Number for CIAQ Webinar

The CIAQ Webinar is Wednesday, June 1st 2011, 1 - 4:30 pm

Important change!
The conference ID number was changed on 26-MAY-2011 For audio, call 1-888-273-3506 and give the conference ID number: 65161200.
The conference call portion of the webinar-meeting will be Operator assisted.

Reserve your Webinar seat for the CIAQ meeting at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/989420528

In addition to Agency Updates on IAQ-IEQ activities, the Presentation will be on Radon and Chemical Vapor Intrusion by Dr. Henry Schuver, and a second short presentation on the IAQ-IEQ Aspects of the Strategic Planning process of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) by Dr. Christopher Weis, Senior Toxicologist.

Visit the CIAQ website for the agenda and directions - http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ciaq/index.html

Video: Hear from the National Radon Poster Contest Winners

Watch this video!

During National Radon Action Month, national winners for this year’s National Radon Poster Contest were honored at an awards ceremony at the 2011 Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium, held in Washington, D.C.

Watch a video that highlights the National Radon Poster Contest winners. Hear from the award-winning students, their parents and teachers on the importance of this contest, what they have learned and how they are making positive changes in their communities.

AARST Seeking Proposals for Presentations at the 2011 International Radon Symposium

1. Opening Day Plenary Proposals (due April 27, 2011)

The opening day of the International Radon Symposium is a joint plenary session held in cooperation with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AARST invites proposals, by April 27, for presentations that address common needs of radon professionals in private practice and the public sector.

Proposals should be 250 words or less and:

a. clearly state the significance and impact of the topic on the national and/or international radon community;
b. list proposed presenters;
c. state recommended time for presentation;
d. list the name and contact information of the individual submitting the proposal; and
e. be submitted electronically in Word (.doc) format to director@aarst.org

with "Opening Day Plenary Proposal" listed in the message subject line.