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Michigan’s Webinar: Radon Awareness for Health Care Providers and Their Patients

by Margaret Henderson

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Indoor Radon Program, participated in a recorded webinar: Radon Awareness for Health Care Providers and Their Patients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH3_8fMGPYs

The 59-minute webinar features two presenters:

* Douglas Arenberg, MD, University of Michigan

* Aaron Berndt, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Utah Test Result Data and Real Estate Instruction Promote Goal of Reducing Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Utah Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Air Program provides information to inform residents and homebuyers and sellers about the presence of radon in Utah and the importance of testing and mitigating elevated radon levels. The Program’s goal is to reduce the level of indoor radon to less than 4 pCi/L.

Kansas Outreach to Homeowners with High Radon but No Mitigation Systems Installed

Contributed by Kim Steves

The Kansas Radon Program has been working closely with the Kansas Environmental Public Health Tracking Program to improve the quality of statewide radon testing and mitigation data in our database and to use this data for the benefit of our citizens and our radon professionals.

Washington Uses Test Data and Geology Mapping to Inform the Public about Radon Potential

by Margaret Henderson

The Washington State Department of Health publishes test results on its Washington Tracking Network, with results updated to 2017, making radon test results from 1989-2017 available. Statewide, in 2017 a total of 2669 test results revealed that 24.8% were above 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. The Department attributes radon as being the single largest source of radiation for almost everyone in Washington.

In order to promote testing and mitigation, the Washington Tracking Network provides mapping of test results, which includes a geology layer that shows characteristics of the surface geology as they relate to the potential for radon exposure.

* The rank of “high potential” is applied when the geology contains uranium or rocks that contain uranium. In Washington, uranium deposits are present in some parts of the state. Commercial mining also took place, ceased production and entered into reclamation.

Radon 101 Presentation Provides Information to the Public about Radon in Iowa

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health promotes radon awareness using the AIR Coalition Radon 101 Presentation as one of its resources. https://idph.iowa.gov/radon/air-coalition

The Iowa AIR Coalition, a public health coalition, is federally funded and administered through the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The Radon 101 Presentation, a 47-page publication, discusses what radon is and why it is important. The presentation features a map of Iowa, based on 7100 screening tests. In each geographic area of the state, the average test results exceeded the 4pCi/L USEPA recommended action level. Health effects of radon are explained, along with basics of testing, what test results mean, assessment of risks, and methods of mitigation. Radon laws in Iowa about testers, mitigators, child care centers and real estate disclosures are referenced.

Nebraska Radon Task Force Issues Recommendations on Radon Resistant New Construction

by Margaret Henderson

The Nebraska Legislature created a Task Force charged with considering radon resistant new construction, developing minimum standards and recommending them for consideration. After four meetings, and by unanimous vote, the Task Force issued its recommendations dated April 9, 2018.

The recommendation states that all new construction, unless otherwise specified, intended to be regularly occupied by people will use Radon Resistant New Construction techniques as listed in the recommendations.

The paper continues to list techniques, certain exceptions to the recommendations and a recommendation for funding for training for the public and professionals and to encourage public awareness. Funds would be allocated to local health departments.

To view the full recommendations, visit: http://www.trphd.org/file_download/inline/6386a405-c710-466d-a268-b8e5bf1b6f70

Development of the Colorado Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program (LIRMA)

Adapted from a presentation from the Region 8 Stakeholder Meeting in April 2018 and published with the permission of the presenter, Chrystine Kelley, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program

House Bill 16-1141, signed by Governor Hickenlooper on April 21, 2016, required the establishment of a radon education and awareness program. The purpose was to provide
information to citizens, businesses and others; to work collaboratively with radon contractors and citizens to resolve questions and concerns regarding safe, healthy and efficient radon mitigation systems; and to collaborate with local governments to provide information on best practices for radon mitigation strategies. Effective January 1, 2017, law established a radon mitigation assistance program to provide financial assistance to low-income individuals for radon mitigation in their homes. Eligibility for LIRMA requires that the homeowners must:

New York Provides Outreach through Publications

by Margaret Henderson

To provide guidance, promote awareness and encourage radon testing, New York conducts outreach in a variety of ways, including through publications.

Geared toward teachers and students, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has created Air Villain Trading Cards about air pollution. The card for radon includes a description of radon, the crime (causes cancer) and the cause (explanation of radon). The card is used to encourage youth to understand radon hazards. https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/64801.html A printable version is also available at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/air_pdf/vilprint3.pdf.

California Provides Health Care Community with Resources About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The California Department of Public Health Indoor Radon Program provides information for health care providers about radon. Resources recommended by the Program are to aid physicians and other health care providers in encouraging patients to test for radon in their homes and to communicate with their patients about the risks radon may pose when levels are elevated (exceeding 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level). In California, radon has been detected in every county. The Department refers the public to radon potential maps and tables of test results by zip code to inform residents about the known presence of radon and encourages testing all homes.

New Jersey Provides Radon Information Regarding Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Program provides information about testing for radon in real estate transactions. Estimates are that 75-80% of the radon tests done in New Jersey each year are done as part of a real estate transaction according to the database of testing information maintained by the Radon Program. The New Jersey Radon Potential Map states that radon levels in excess of the USEPA’s recommended action level of 4 pCi/L have been found in all risk zones in the state. The Program notes that even though the average test result for one community in Ocean County was very low ( 0.98 pCi/L) some test results have been as high as 23.7 pCi/L.