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Ohio Radon Mitigation Data

Summarized by Margaret Henderson

Radon mitigation data for Ohio are presented in a presentation
created by Ashok Kumar, Charanya Varadarajan, and Suman Maroju from the Department of Civil Engineering , University of Toledo. The project was funded through the Ohio Department of Health.

Records on 17,089 mitigations were examined, which reported 15 different types of systems contractors reported using. Information is available by city/county and year in the mitigation database. (Records with complete information totaled 11,565.)

An on-line presentation about radon, created through funding by the Ohio Department of Health, discusses “Management of Indoor Radon in the State of Ohio.”

Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects for 2016-2017

by Margaret Henderson

Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes; over half of radon tests in the state are above the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. Data reported by county and city shows 73,280 test results with 60% of those being in excess of 4 pCi/L. The highest test result was 282 pi/L. Much of the state has recorded radon levels between 21 and 100 pCi/L, according to the mapping of data through 2013. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf

The Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects encourage more testing and mitigation. The program supports this mission by awarding grants to non-profit organizations for efforts to increase local awareness about the risks associated with radon exposure and to involve communities risk reduction.

New Jersey Podcast Features Radon Issues

by Margaret Henderson

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) features health issues in weekly podcasts. Episode 38 discusses radon gas in an 18 minute presentation. https://njdep.podbean.com/e/episode-38-radon-action-month-with-anita-kopera/
The podcast is available through Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
In this podcast, Anita Kopera, supervisor of DEP’s Radon Section, discusses radon issues, regulations, mitigation systems and other issues.

Radon Awareness and Health Care

3R's course sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Radon Program to be Held in Golden, CO

The 3R’s Course --Radiation, Radioactivity and Radon—is being offered in Golden, Colorado, June 27-29, 2017. The course announcement and agenda for the course is below. Keep the course going by sharing this information with other teachers, educators and/or any other interested parties. You do not have to be a teacher to take this course. Anyone interested in educating other about the 3R's can register. The course allows the opportunity to use measurement equipment, explore basic concepts and develop an understanding of radon and its significance to health.

Peg Roding, teacher of the course for the past ten years or so is retiring, and she has passed her teaching knowledge of the 3R's course on to a new instructor, Christy Nichols. With the help of her "co-teachers" Robert Beckman and Roger Felch and the support of Rhonda Dvornak with the Colorado School of Mines, the plans is to continue this course which has enriched so many students across Colorado and nationally.

Colorado Organized and Hosted Radon Conference

Chrys Kelley, the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division’s Radon Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, organized and hosted the USEPA Region 8 Radon Conference on April 20 and April 21, 2017. The first day of the conference was free and provided attendees with a free lunch. The second day offered affordable continuing education courses. While the event was tailored to USEPA Region 8 concerns, anyone interested in radon outreach or education was welcome to attend. There were 102 people in attendance along with 16 vendors.

The meeting, held in Westminster, awarded continuing education credits. Some topics on the agenda were:
• Addressing Radon in Daycare Facilities, Schools and Large Buildings
• QA/QC for the Measurement and Mitigation Professional
• Developing Your Radon Business

For more information, contact:
Chrys Kelley, Radon Program Manager
E-mail - chrys.kelley@state.co.us
Telephone Number - (303) 692-3442

Minnesota’s Experience: Working with Your Local Building Industry Associations on Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC)

Adapted from the presentation http://aarst-nrpp.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mon_2_Kerber_Working_with_BIAs_9-19-16.pdf with permission of the presenter, Joshua Kerber

In a presentation at the 2016 International Radon Symposium held in San Diego, California, September 18-21, Joshua Kerber of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Indoor Air Unit, made a presentation on working with local building industry associations in promoting and developing radon resistant new construction (RRNC). The presentation included Minnesota’s history of the efforts, features of RRNC and RRNC educational efforts.


Indoor-Surveys, Radon Potential Maps and Their Impacts on Radon Awareness in California

Indoor-Surveys, Radon Potential Maps and Their Impacts on Radon Awareness in California

Adapted from the presentation and printed with permission of the author, Ronald K. Churchill, Ph.D.

In a presentation at the 2016 International Radon Symposium held in San Diego, California, September 18-21, Ronald Churchill, Ph.D., of the California Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey (CGS), presented findings of the paper “Indoor-Surveys, Radon Potential Maps and Their Impacts on Radon Awareness in California.” The CGS and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have worked cooperatively on data collection, mapping and analysis of radon potentials in California. CGS radon activities are funded through an interagency agreement, by a portion of the CDPH State Indoor Radon Grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and CGS matching funds.

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