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Idaho Starts Preparing for the Next Year’s Radon Action Month: A Program Update

from Jim Faust, Indoor Environment Program Manager

In preparation for the upcoming Radon Action Month next January, in Idaho, we’re doing the following things now:

1. Sending direct mail postcards to every homeowner in 11 high risk counties giving them the bullet points “FAST FACTS ON RADON” and including information about where to order a reduced price test kit, and how, when and where to test.

2. Preparing a statewide media release to every radio, newspaper and television station in Idaho. This always gets great results- lots of free press coverage and LOTS of interviews.

3. A letter is being sent to every home inspection company in Idaho explaining the radon situation, including some “FAST FACTS ON RADON” and asking them to request a radon test for every home inspection they do.

Important Initiatives and Consistent Approaches of the Wyoming Radon Program Lead to Success

From interview with Steven Melia conducted by Margaret Henderson

Steven M. Melia, MSPH, of the Wyoming Department of Health’s Radon Program, has several outreach initiatives and some goals for getting homes tested for indoor radon that are making consistent and important achievements in reducing radon in Wyoming homes.

“In Wyoming, one in three homes is likely to have levels that exceed the EPA’s guidelines of 4pCi/L and testing is encouraged with a buy one – get one free test kit promotion that’s been in effect since 2008,” Mr. Melia reports. The department would like to distribute 1,500 per year and have at least 1,000 tests returned for analysis and is well on its way to meeting that goal this year, already having received 780 test results.

In Hawaii, the Radon News is Good!

In Hawaii, the Radon News is Good!
By Margaret Henderson

Hawaii has the good fortune of being the “lightest color” on the EPA Map of Radon Zones, with a predicted average indoor radon screening level of less that 2pCi/L, indicating a low potential for problems. See the map on http://www.epa.gov/radon/states/hawaii.html

Arizona’s Radon Program: Outreach to Builders, Homeowners and Health Professionals

by Margaret Henderson

“The uniqueness of Arizona presents some interesting aspects and challenges for the radon program,” says Rich Baker, State Radon Program Officer.

Arizona works to keep citizens aware and engaged around radon. The state has radon concentrations comparable to the national average. About 1 in every 15 homes is at risk for elevated radon concentrations. The state’s program receives five to ten calls per week inquiring about radon. Mr. Baker finds that often people who have migrated to Arizona from other states bring awareness of the issues with them and encourage fellow Arizonians to ask questions. The outreach efforts on radon in other states benefit the health of Arizona’s residents as well.

Connecticut’s Own Radon Poster Contest

by Margaret Henderson

In conjunction with the EPA’s National Radon Poster competition, Connecticut’s Department of Public Health Radon Program also holds a contest at the same time for students in the state. The top 12 entries selected are used to create a calendar that is given to students who submit entries. This promotional event encourages students to be aware of the risks of elevated radon levels in the home. Increased awareness amongst students can lead parents to test their homes. Ideally, awareness campaigns such as the EPA and state poster contests will also encourage students to test for radon when they eventually become home owners themselves.

For more information on this contest, contact
Allison Perry Sullivan
Environmental Analyst
Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program
Telephone: 860-509-8140
Fax: 860-509-7378
Allison.sullivan@ct.gov

Josh Kerber; Insights on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Stakeholder Meeting

The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) stakeholder meetings are to gather MDH’s radon partners, including measurement and mitigation providers (contractors), local public health agencies, and other non-governmental organizations to update and share Minnesota specific radon information. These meetings disseminate pertinent radon information from our partners and educate stakeholders on more technical topics like quality control for radon measurements and advanced diagnostics for radon mitigation.

This particular meeting is unique as we used the resources available from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Summit to include the nationally respected speakers at our event, who shared their experiences with our stakeholders.

We anticipated that everybody in attendance would come away with some new knowledge and will hopefully be able to apply that knowledge in their everyday professional lives.

Connecticut Radon Program Covers Entire State by Working with Awareness Outreach Partners

by Margaret Henderson (CRCPD)

“We so need our important partners in outreach efforts,” says Allison Perry Sullivan, of the Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program (CDPHRP), who goes on to describe some of the state’s outreach partnerships.

9th Annual Region 7 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting

SAVE THE DATE – MARCH 3, 2015

Location

kansas city, mo

Connecticut Drafts Two New Regulatory Initiatives

The radon program for the State of Connecticut has undertaken two new initiatives. Currently in the early stages of development, these regulatory proposals mark an exciting opportunity. Radon advocates are optimistic that these new regulations could eventually lead to long-term policy changes around radon information collection and testing. The first initiative would foster important data collection efforts. The second would put into rules some of the guidance on radon testing and mitigation currently provided to schools. Both initiatives would advance Connecticut’s radon outreach and mitigation efforts.

New Home for the EPA Indoor Environments Division (IED)

Early in the week of July 14th, IED moved from its 1310 L Street offices to the EPA West building at 1301 Constitution Avenue. EPA West is part of the William Jefferson Clinton/Federal Triangle complex which includes the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center. Our official mailing address changed only slightly (mail stop), IED (6609-T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Wash., DC 20460.The nearest Metro rail station is Federal Triangle on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines. Thanks.