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Colorado’s National Radon Action Month Begins with Proclamation and Website Provides Detailed Information

by Margaret Henderson

In a proclamation from Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper, the importance of National Radon Action Month of January 2017 was highlighted. See https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/HM_sw3_Radon-Action-2017.pdf

The proclamation notes that approximately 50 percent of Colorado homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L and all 64 Colorado counties are rated at high risk for elevated radon. To encourage testing, the proclamation notes that it is easy and inexpensive.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides coupons for reduced-cost radon test kits through http://www.coloradoradon.info
The department’s website offers a variety of information, including:

• Testing and mitigating your home

Montana Promotes Radon Awareness, Testing, and Mitigation

FROM PRESS RELEASE
January 5, 2016


January is radon action month - DEQ promotes radon awareness, testing, and mitigation

HELENA – January is Radon Awareness Month, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers steps Montanans can take to test for and reduce radon gas found in homes.

Radon gas occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in rock and soils in Montana and can accumulate inside homes. The gas is radioactive and can damage lung tissue. Studies indicate breathing radon is a major cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, and a leading cause of cancer among non-smokers.

Alabama Seeking Resources and Ideas for Radon Promotion

by Margaret Henderson

The Alabama Department of Public Health has a new person overseeing the Alabama Radon Program. Nick Swindall, a radiation physicist supervisor, is now planning next steps for the program’s activities.

Recently, he wrote that they are looking into doing some radon awareness advertising during lung cancer awareness promotions. He also is planning advertising for radon action month in January, noting that last year the program did gas pump toppers and indoor screens. In terms of conferences and outreach, Nick attended the National Radon Conference in San Diego, and after that a meeting with the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition in Birmingham in July. At that event, he was able to speak about radon and get some short-term test kits and literature distributed.

Nick is interested in resources for the Radon Program. In his new positions, he is still exploring resources available to help educate the public.

High Radon Level in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania: An Update

by Margaret Henderson

A television news article in November 2016 drew attention to recent testing of a home in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, that tested extremely high for radon. I asked Bob Lewis, of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Radon Division to elaborate on the findings and he contributed this clarifying information.

Radon News (EPA announces Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland)

EPA announces $47K Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland As part of National Radon Action Month

Ref: Maryland Department of Environment (MDE)

http://news.maryland.gov/mde/2017/01/06/epa-announces-47k-indoor-radon-grant-to-maryland-as-part-of-national-radon-action-month/

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Terri White

(215) 814-5523
white.terri-a@epa.gov

EPA announces $47K Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland As part of National Radon Action Month

Westminster, MD (Jan. 6, 2017) – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $46,949 grant to the Maryland Department of Environment that will be used to support the state’s new indoor radon education program.

This annual funding will be passed through to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which will work with local health departments to promote increased radon education, testing and mitigation for homes, schools and other buildings.

Nebraska Video “Radon Awareness” Features Panel Discussion with Individuals and Experts

by Margaret Henderson

Statewide, of 73,280 Nebraska houses tested, 59% had radon levels in excess of 4pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level. In order to reach the statewide audience, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Radon Program in partnership with NET Connects produced a web broadcast to provide radon information.

NET Connects, of the Nebraska National Public Radio, is a partnership with local non-profit, educational, governmental, and public service organizations that creates productions that examine and present issues that are important to Nebraska. Through this medium, the video reaches viewers statewide on NET World, on the web and mobile media.

“Radon Awareness” features local panelists who present their experiences and expertise about radon. The video begins with an oncology nurse discussing her lung cancer condition.

2017 Connecticut National Radon Action Month Partners’ Conference - January 10, 2017


2017 Connecticut National Radon Action Month
Partners’ Conference
January 10, 2017
**Snow date: January 12, 2017
Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect
26 New Haven Road
Prospect, CT

Save the date for the Connecticut NRAM conference. See attached. Nationally certified radon professionals, Local Directors of Health and other Healthy Homes Partners will be in attendance. Please see the attached draft agenda. Usually approximately 70 individuals attend these annual meetings.

For more information, contact:

Allison Sullivan, CT Department of Public Health, Lead, Radon, Healthy Homes Program, 860-509-7299, www.ct.gov/dph/radon
Email: Allison.Sullivan@ct.gov

Minnesota’s Winter Radon Campaign

Contributed by Daniel Tranter

In Minnesota, we have a winter radon campaign that just started. We are doing radio, web, television and social media ads. We also expect to put out a governor’s proclamation and news release that typically yields 10-30 news stories. We have about 100 radon partners statewide (mostly local public health agencies) and we just completed four regional trainings for them. We are working with them by sending them test kits and resources (example articles, press releases, slides) and completing events together (health fairs, community presentations, etc). We are also teaching our continuing education classes to real estate professionals, builders, childcare providers, and local public health staff. Finally, we are conducting medical outreach with about 10 hospitals and clinics including patient education and staff training. We will also continue to promote our radon data portal.

For more information, contact:

Daniel Tranter
Supervisor

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