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Nevada Radon Report Provides Quarterly Updates on Activities and Data

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program publishes a newsletter at quarterly intervals. Issues provide notices and highlights of stakeholder meetings, training, conferences, kit distribution statistics, education program numbers, test result and zone summaries, and Nevada Radon Education Program's Impact Data. The report may be downloaded at https://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/files/pdf/RadonReportApr-Jun2016.pdf

Highlights from the June 2016 issue include:

  • Nevada hosted the EPA Region 9 Radon Stakeholders meeting, with 58 stakeholders attending. Wallace Akerley, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), presented “Radon and Lung Cancer, Radon Awareness in Utah,” as his keynote address. Continuing education training for radon professionals was attended by 15 radon professionals.

New RFA for 2018-2020 now available!

New RFA for 2018-2020 now available!
Closing Date: February 17, 2017

Request for Applications (RFA): “National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants”

U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Indoor Environments Division (IED) has posted a new RFA (EPA-OAR-ORIA-17-02) here, https://www.epa.gov/grants/air-grants-and-funding, and here, http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290725.

EPA expects to make between 10-20 awards. The selected indoor environments projects will be funded in the amount of $2-4 million annually, for up to three years (2018-2020).

U.S. EPA Cooperative Agreements for the period 2018-2020
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-OAR-ORIA-17-02
Closing Date: Friday, February 17, 2017, 4:00 pm ET

Angela Tin Named 2016 Radon Hero Award Recipient

Posted with permission, from the CRCPD October Newsbrief

At the 25th National Radon Training Conference held in September 2016, the Conference of Radiation Control Directors (CRCPD) named the 2016 Radon Hero Award Recipient with the following tribute:

Angela Tin is recognized for her leadership and dedication to reducing radon exposure over the last ten years. She has aided in the development of a countless number of successful radon initiatives throughout the Upper Midwest region leading to state radon legislation, test kit distribution, mitigation system installation, and an increase in education and awareness for all ages.

Iowa’s 10 Step Action Plan for the Public Provides Guidance Via the Internet

by Margaret Henderson

In Iowa, radon is a significant health issue. The Iowa radon study indicated that 71.6% of homes tested above the Environmental Protection Agency recommended action level of 4pCi/L. To provide the public with easy to understand information about radon, the Iowa Department of Health uses its website to communication with the public.

The website provides a downloadable brochure that gives members of the public a 10 Step Action Plan for dealing with radon. See http://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/Files/Radon/10%20Step%20Action%20Plan%202012.pdf.

Report on New York Annual Radon Stakeholders Meeting

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 27, 2016 at the Traditions on the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 65 stakeholders in attendance and included:
• county health departments;
• home inspectors;
• radon testers and mitigators;
• the Southern Tier Association of Home Inspectors; and
• elected official Clifford Crouch of Assembly District 122.

Senator Fred Akshar of the 52nd District and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, District 123, and Chair for the New York State Clear Air Committee, joined the meeting during a working lunch with stakeholders to answer questions about the legislative process and to gather information on radon. Their presence at the annual meeting was focused on fact finding and education about the health effects and risk from long term exposure to elevated levels of radon in the home. Radon is present at elevated levels in about 37 percent of the basements in New York State homes.

Webinar, November 29: FREE, Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health—A Case on Radon

This webinar offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and the NCC for Environmental Health, will feature a case involving radon and will highlight both evidence and ethics. This webinar has been developed primarily for public health inspectors, but should also be of interest to a general audience. The webinar will take place on November 29, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online registration is now open.
http://www.ncchpp.ca/128/presentations.ccnpps?id_article=1607

Alaska Radon Testing Increases with Influx of Federal and Military Residents

An Update from Arthur Nash

The biggest push this year with the SIRG program is that while we will continue to help schools test, realtors are a target of our outreach. We've been getting progressively more calls from realty companies. Though there is no requirement for testing upon completion of new home construction or at the transaction of a home, the fact that Alaska has many federal hires and military transfers has prompted relocation companies from the lower 48 to demand that testing takes place before their clients move into Alaskan residences. Thus we are finding that some inspectors are getting equipment to test at a favorable volume due to the expectations and requests of lower 48 relocation companies. This is a new factor for me regarding outreach and is a unique feature of our population influx.

For more information, contact:
Art Nash Jr.
alnashjr@alaska.edu
Telephone: 907-474-6366
Energy Specialist
Cooperative Extension Service

Wyoming Encourages Building Officials to Adopt Radon Resistant New Construction Techniques

by Margaret Henderson

In a brochure, “Building Radon Out of Wyoming,” the Wyoming Department of Public Health works with and encourages building officials to adopt Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) techniques found in Appendix F of the International Residential Building Code. The code is designed for the installation of passive radon mitigation systems in new homes. Adoption is at the discretion of local building code officials and is encourage by the department.

According to the department, approximately 37% of Wyoming homes have radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level. Wyoming is classified by EPA as Zone 1, which is the highest zone for having the potential for elevated levels of radon in homes.

Save the Date: April 20–21, 2017—EPA, CO, MT, ND, SD, UT and WY Offer Stakeholders Meeting

Save the Date – April 20 & 21, 2017

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

From “Save the Date Announcement”

You are cordially invited to attend the EPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting. This meeting is being held at no cost for all those who have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in their homes, schools and businesses.

EPA Region 8 and its partners, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality, North Dakota Dept. of Health, South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Dept. of Health seek to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues and understand them from other perspectives, provide insight into the future, share, educate and network. We believe that meetings such as this will better provide all of us with ways to assist the public and reduce radon exposures.

Idaho 2016 Map Online Shows Zip Code Level Radon Results

by Margaret Henderson

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website features an interactive map of radon levels by zip code. The 2016 Radon Map’s data table provides the number of tests and percent of test in excess of 3.9 pCi/L. The EPA recommended action level is 4.0 pCi/L. The color-coded map provides the percent of tests in excess of 3.9 pCi/L in these categories:
• 54-79%
• 34-54%
• 18-34%
• 0-18%
• other

The base map was created using the USGS (U.S. Geologic Service) topographic map. When zoomed to the 2 mile scale, roads and other features are visible along with zip code areas. A FAQ menu provides details on radon.

The mapping application allows residents to examine test results in their area and the guidance provides details for making decisions on radon testing and mitigation.

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