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Radon Measurements Laboratory (RML) Radon Chamber Services Moving to Kansas State University

The RML Radon Chamber Services, operated for many years under Dr. James Burkhart, will be transferred to the Engineering Extension Office at Kansas State University (KSU) in late March/early April 2018, and will be operated under the supervision of Engineering Extension Director Bruce Snead. This transfer is for Chamber services ONLY (spiking, device performance tests, and device performance evaluations) and DOES NOT INCLUDE testing services for charcoal canister, and alpha track devices, which will continue at RML in Colorado Springs. KSU will not perform any testing services. The last round of chamber services at RML at Colorado Springs is planned to be complete on March 21. Chamber services will resume at KSU on April 9.
The KSU Radon Chamber will apply for all national and state certifications currently valid for the RML chamber and will participate in all necessary inter-comparisons to achieve certified performance test chamber status.

National Radon Action Month Poster and Video Contest Winners

American Lung Association takes action to raise awareness about radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2018) – As part of National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 National Radon Poster and Video Contest. The contest is held each year across the nation to raise awareness of radon gas, the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon gas is found in all 50 states, and may enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels. Radon is only detectable by performing a home test, and the EPA estimates 1 in 15 homes may be at-risk.

Nevada Radon Program Offers Free Educational Events for Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Program is offering free educational events to promote National Radon Action Month in keeping with its outreach efforts to inform the public about radon risks in Nevada, radon test and mitigation. Events are being held in northern and southern Nevada and in Washoe, Douglas, Storey and Carson Counties in January and February 2018. See the listing of events at
https://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/files/pdf/NRAM2018Events.pdf

For more information, contact:
1-888-RADON10 (888-723-6610)
https://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/

North Carolina Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

Dr. Sarah Kirby, Professor and Department Extension Leader, Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University, issued a press release announcing National Radon Action Month with reference to where more information about radon, and radon testing and mitigation can be found. Dr. Kirby refers North Carolina residents to the North Carolina Radon Program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.ncradon.org/Home.html

The Radiation Protection Section of the department operates the Radon Program, using funds granted by the USEPA State Indoor Radon Grant. The Program provides public information and technical advice.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality News Release on Radon Action Month

January Is Radon Action Month Save a Life: Test For Radon

SALT LAKE CITY – January is National Radon Action Month and Utah residents can test their homes for $9 by going to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) website radon.utah.gov. Testing your home for radon is easy. Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon because all of your doors and windows are closed. Testing your home is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. More Americans die from lung cancer than any other cancer. Every year there are 21,000 lung cancer deaths.

Nebraska Radon Task Force Inaugural Meeting

by Margaret Henderson

The inaugural meeting of the Nebraska Radon Task Force was held December 15, 2017, to review the description of the tasks it is charged with by LB 9, passed in the First session of the 105th Nebraska Legislature. The purpose of the meeting was also to discuss how to present information to the Governor, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Urban Affairs Committee.

A high prevalence of elevated radon levels in homes in Nebraska was noted in the bill, stating “(6) The United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified radon levels in Nebraska as the third highest in the United States because of the high concentration of uranium in the soil.”

Florida Health Announces Radon Action Month in Press Release

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Health announces Radon Action Month and the Radon Contest winners in celebration of its campaign for radon awareness, which includes outreach through schools and families to encourage testing and mitigation. http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/Outreach/poster-contest.html Florida Health sponsored a poster and video contest for students. Winners are:

Posters
1st A. Robleto, Poster: Unmask the Silent Killer
2nd I. Van Buren, Poster: Save Your House
3rd C. Borgese, Poster: Don't Get Sick by 86
Honorable mention O. Velazquez, Poster: The Girl

Videos
1st A. Chatterjee, Video: Don't Become a Statistic
2nd K. Crook,Video: Radon A Cancerous Gas
3rd J. Barnette, Video: Radon What's the Big Deal

The State of Montana Newsroom Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality encouraged all residents to test their homes through an announcement on the State of Montana Newsroom. http://news.mt.gov/january-is-national-radon-action-month
The announcement explains that radon is a natural radioactive gas and that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths and promotes testing to learn if high levels of radon are present in the home.

For more information about testing and prevention of radon in the home, the announcement advises contacting the Montana DEQ Radon Control Program at 1-800-546-0483.

New Jersey Radon Action Month Campaign

by Margaret Henderson

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced Radon Action Month with a proclamation from Governor Christie, noting that as many as 500 residents of New Jersey each year could be killed by radon induced lung cancer. http://www.njradon.org/download/proc_2018.pdf

The declaration of Radon Action Month is an effort to promote radon awareness, testing and mitigation. The NJDEP encourages testing during the winter months and notes that elevated levels of radon (greater than 4pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level) may be found anywhere in the state, whether or not the location is noted in the radon potential map as being at risk. See the map at http://www.njradon.org/radonin.htm.

Winners in Colorado Statewide Radon Poster Contest Announced

Kelly MacGregor, Public Communications Specialist | 303-692-3304 | kelly.macgregor@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 27, 2017

DENVER — Students from Highlands Ranch, Windsor and Fort Collins took top honors in this year’s statewide radon awareness poster contest.

Trent Lytle, a seventh-grade student at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, won first place out of more than 200 entries. His poster has been entered in the National Radon Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Camryn Fritch, a sixth-grader at Windsor Middle School, earned second-place honors. Keolani Morrow, a student in the fifth grade at Olander School for Project Based Learning in Fort Collins, received third place.