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Nebraska Licensure and Public Information Focused on Reducing Radon Exposure

by Margaret Henderson

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program focuses efforts on measurement and mitigation, providing information and listings of licensed services.

In Nebraska the potential for residents to be exposed to high radon levels is significant. One of every two radon test results in Nebraska shows elevated levels, above the 4 pCi/L recommended EPA action level. The map “Average Radon Concentrations by County in Nebraska” shows that the majority of Nebraska counties have high radon levels. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonConcentrationsByCounty.pdf. Eight counties have test results averaging between 11-14 pCi/L. In seven counties, the highest radon levels were greater than 100 pCi/L.

Oregon Health Authority Updated Its Radon Risk Map

by Margaret Henderson

in January 2019

The Oregon Health Authority, Radon Awareness Program, has updated the Radon Risk Map as of January 2019. Maintaining data in tabular and map format, the Program presents radon risk levels in zip code areas. Risk levels assigned are Low, Moderate and High. These levels are assigned based on maximum test results, average test results and the percent of locations with values in excess of 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level. The indoor radon test results were provided to the Program voluntarily by test kits manufacturers.

The risk categories are provided to give guidance to the public about potential risk, but are not intended to predict what radon levels may be present in any area of the state.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hosts Radon Measurement Training Throughout the State

From an announcement from MDH:

Tennessee Busy During NRAM Focusing Efforts on Health

Contributed by Jan Compton

Tennessee had had a busy month promoting NRAM 2019 during January. Jan Compton, Manager of the Radon Program, writes:

I manage the TN Radon Program and decided to take a new approach this year focusing more on health. I thought about where everyone spends their time in January and who is concerned about their health and decided to partner with gyms and fitness facilities across the state.

During the planning process, I mentioned it on my Region 4 EPA call with the other states and everyone was excited about the idea. I’m doing a smaller pilot project this year but next year we may take it across all region 4 states in a unified effort. The idea and new focus has caught the attention of many media outlets and I’ve been requested to give several interviews. Others have just written articles in various media outlets. Attached is my press release and below is the media coverage we have seen as of now. Thanks for sharing!

I had an interview with:

Washington DC Outreach during NRAM 2019

Contributed by Keith Keemer

The Department of Energy & Environment, Washington, DC, promoted January 2019 as National Radon Awareness Month with a poster and numerous outreach activities. The Radon Awareness Poster can be viewed at:

Throughout the month, activities included:

* Sending email blast to more than 79,000 residents including community organizations about NRAM/DC Radon Awareness Month, radon hazards and free test kits for DC residents.

* Publishing an article in the quarterly DC Healthy Homes Digest developed by the Agency’s Lead Safe & Healthy Housing Division.

* Posting social media Tweets about NRAM, radon hazard and free radon test kits 2 times a week.

Illinois and Subgrantees Have Several Activities Underway

Contributed by Pat Daniels

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Radon Program and its subgrantees are undertaking several activities this year. For NRAM, the month was promoted with a Governor’s proclamation and press release on our poster and video contests.

Virginia Advertising Targets Areas Using Various Platforms

Contributed by Ryan Paris

From January through March 2019, the Virginia Department of Health Indoor Radon Program is running a coordinated advertising campaign that will primarily promote the availability of radon test kits for only a $3 shipping fee. Virginia residents may order these kits directly from the vendor using http://www.vdhradon.org. The offer is being simultaneously promoted in several targeted areas of the Commonwealth with advertisements that utilize the following platforms:

  • digital phone pop-ups;
  • 30 second TV spots (attached);
  • billboards (see attached);
  • VDH website banner; and
  • Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Additionally, a video announcement may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/318427469

Wyoming Radon Action Month Media Toolkit

Contributed by Randi Norton-Herrington

For National Radon Action Month, the Wyoming Department of Health provided a media toolkit to its regional contractors and members of the Wyoming Cancer Coalition. It included social media posts as well as radio ads to use with local media. Wyoming’s six regional contractors also have radon kits they're able to distribute and the Wyoming Department of Health also has radon kits available to the public, demands for which definitely increased during the month of January.

See the attached toolkit.

For more information about radon in Wyoming, contact:

Randi R. Norton-Herrington
Outreach and Media Coordinator
Wyoming Cancer Program
Public Health Division
Wyoming Department of Health
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 510
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Phone: (307)777-3480
Fax: (307)777-3765

Minnesota’s NRAM and Winter Activities

Contributed by Dan Tranter

During January, for National Radon Action Month, and continuing throughout the remainder of the winter, the Minnesota Department of Health activities include:

• Outreach through radio and television spots, highway billboards and internet ads
• Test kit distribution to over 100 partners (local health departments, housing and non-profits)
• Press release and media outreach to result in dozens of stories
• Ongoing classes, presentations, and articles to real estate, schools, child care, builders, and building officials
• Outreach with local hospitals, including media engagement, community education, and test kits

For more information, contact:

Daniel Tranter
Supervisor | Indoor Air Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
Office: 651-201-4618

Massachusetts and Washington Promote NRAM with Tweets and Forum



For the month of January, the Radon Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health arranged to have a radon “tweet of the day” to be posted on the department’s Twitter page.

For more information, contact:

Lisa A. Hebert, R.S., M.P.H., R.M.S.
Senior Technical Radon Specialist
Radon Unit
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Bureau of Environmental Health
Indoor Air Quality Program
23 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-7525 x 3185
(800) 723-6695 (In Mass. Only)