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Colorado Rep. Sue Schafer to speak at "Capital Steps to Radon Action!"

CONTACT: Representative Schafer – 303.918.2660|
|Deputy Communications Director Megan Dubray – 405.596.8261|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 23, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Wednesday, Jan. 25; Noon
Rep. Schafer to speak at Radon Action Rally

WHAT: Join Rep. Sue Schafer when she speaks at the Radon Action Rally hosted by Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR). This rally is to help raise public awareness about Radon gas, one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the state. Rep. Schafer will be discussing her bill (HB-1165) that will require Radon testing to be conducted prior to selling a home.

WHO: Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge)
Faye Dugan, Colorado Coordinator, CanSAR
And others

WHERE: Colorado State Capitol (map)
West Steps
200 E. Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at Noon

National Health Impact Assessment Meeting

In response to the burgeoning national interest in using health impact assessment as a tool to factor health into policy decisions, the Health Impact Project and other leading health organizations are convening a first-ever National Health Impact Assessment meeting on April 3-4, 2012, in Washington DC. Policymakers, public health professionals, community-based organizations, researchers and elected and appointed officials are invited to attend.In addition, abstracts for presentations are sought, which must be received by 8pm EST on January 18, 2012.

For more information, visit the meeting website.

Congratulations to All Poster Contest Participants!

The National Radon Poster Contest is now complete and winners have been chosen. Thank you to everyone who participated in online voting for the National Radon Poster Contest! Over 100 votes were cast during the online voting period. We also thank all of the state radon programs who conducted radon poster contests.

The national winners received a plaque and gift card in the amount of $1,000 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third and $400 for a special mention.

These winners will also be recognized and highlighted in the state and EPA region where they live. In addition, the posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.

2011 CRCPD Radon Mini Grant Awards

CRCPD has awarded six mini-grants for the 2011 Radon Mini Grant Program. Congratulations to the following state programs and their respective community partners:

  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency and American Lung Association in Illinois
  • Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department
  • Ohio Department of Health, Indoor Radon Program and Erie County Health Department
  • Maine DHHS Radiation Control Program and the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Southern Illinois Hospital Services
  • Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Panhandle Public Health District

CanSAR Member Gail Orcutt is Making a Difference and Saving Lives in Iowa with Radon Policy

In Des Moines a bipartisan group of House and Senate members are forming a “cancer caucus” to raise awareness and share collective knowledge among legislators and their constituents about a large group of different diseases that claim more than 6,000 Iowans’ lives every year, and CanSAR member Gail Orcutt was a major contributor. Prevention, treatment, and cures are what Iowans are interested in according to Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, whose father died from melanoma – a dangerous form of skin cancer. Most all families in Iowa have been touched by some type of cancer. To organize the caucus and decide its role in the policy-making arena, Raecker, Rep. Dan Kelley, D-Newton and Sens. Pat Ward, R-West Des Moines, and Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, have held an initial telephonic meeting with Dr. George Weiner, president of the Iowa Cancer Consortium and director of the University of Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

6th Annual Region 7 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting Announcement

Attached is the announcement/agenda for the 6th Annual Region 7 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting on March 14 in Nebraska City, Nebraska for your use and distribution.

On March 13 there will be two radon continuing education courses provided by Kansas State University and by Spruce Environmental. In addition, the Heartland Chapter of AARST will be sponsoring a reception that evening.

For more information contact: dye.robert@epa.gov

Inspired by Young Radon Warriors

January 1, 2012
Ms. Wendy Dew
US EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-2466

Dear Wendy,

Please consider my recommendation for Christina and Eric Bear for the President’s Environmental Youth Award for 2012 for Region 8. Winning the EPA’s National Radon Poster Contest for the state of Colorado was just the beginning of Christina and Eric’s endeavors to save lives through awareness, education and policy changes concerning the radioactive gas—radon. My first opportunity to meet them in person came at the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, Colorado, in July 2010 as they visited our Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) Booth.

Letter to President Obama

December 8, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

Please don’t sacrifice lives with budget cuts. My husband died of radon-induced lung cancer. We were not aware of radon--the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality--until our doctor told us about this radioactive exposure from the inhalation of alpha particles emitting from the exposure of radon gas and suggested we test our home. The test resulted with elevated levels of this known human carcinogen.

Doug Kladder interviews radon professionals at the 2011 International Radon Symposium

I don't know if everyone knows this, but Doug Kladder, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Inc. (CERTI), interviewed several radon professionals at the 2011 International Radon Symposium. Those interviews can be found on the CERTI site here. As you listen to the audio presentations, please post your comments and point me and other readers to the great information contained in these interviews. I'd like to feature some of them during National Radon Action Month in January.

Capital Steps to Radon Action--Jan. 25, 2012

December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas dear friends,

Thank you for all of your previous support especially the past two years. CanSAR is officially a nonprofit 501 c3 organization as of June, 2010.

CanSAR’s goal for National Radon Action Month is to have supporters on the steps of the state capitol in at least 10 to states in the nation on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:00 noon. CanSAR needs your help to make this happen. I will be in Springfield, IL, on the Capitol steps.

It is my desire to have participation in your state to help raise awareness and increase the education of the public about the danger of living and working in elevated levels of this silent killer which takes the lives of approximately 21,000 individuals each year. To accomplish this mission several things need to transpire: