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Utah Announces 2020 Radon Poster Winners

Utah Department of Environmental Quality Waste Management and Radiation Control has announced the winners of the annual radon poster contest. Winners for the 2020 contest are displayed at https://deq.utah.gov/waste-management-and-radiation-control/radon/state-radon-poster-contest-winners

In January, the winners and their teachers will meet with the Governor of Utah during National Radon Action Month. The State Contest Winners receive cash awards. Three first place winners receive $100 and his/her teacher receives $100.

Work of the entrants in the contest is displayed at https://deq.utah.gov/waste-management-and-radiation-control/2020-national-radon-poster-contest-entrants

For more information, contact:

Department of Environmental Quality

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Nevada Radon Poster Contest

The Nevada Radon Education Program has announced the winners of the 2020 radon poster contest. The contest is held to promote radon awareness, with entries coming from the student population.

Winners of the competition for 2020 are:

· 1st place: Poster C, The Invisible Reaper by Ayden, Carson Valley Middle School, Gardnerville

· 2nd place: Poster B, Radon - Test Your Home Today by Mason, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Las Vegas

· 3rd place: Poster A, Don’t be a Victim of Radon by Dakota, Odyssey Charter School, Las Vegas

· To view the posters, visit https://www.facebook.com/NevadaRadonEducation

The 1st place poster will be entered into the National Radon Poster Contest.

The Program wishes to thank all who voted and submitted posters to the contest.

Source: Facebook post November 21, 2019.

Florida Announces 2020 Poster Contest Winners

Florida Health has announced and congratulated the 2020 Radon Poster Contest Winners. See http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/radon/Outreach/poster-contest.html

2020 Radon Poster Contest Winners are:
· 1st Sophia Ossaoulenko, Poster: The Fragments of Radon
· 2nd Isabelle Karroum, Poster: Radon Can Cause Lung Cancer
· 3rd Kylie Wheeler, Poster: Protect Your Home
· Honorable mention Leishka Rodriguez, Poster: Radon

Florida winners will be participants in the National Radon Poster Contest. Florida has had eight winners at the national level since 2008. The posters will be reproduced and distributed nationwide to promote radon awareness and testing of homes, schools and other buildings during National Radon Action Month in January and throughout the year.

For questions contact the radon program at 800-543-8279.

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Colorado’s Tri-County Health Department Announces NRAM

Colorado’s Tri-County Health Department Announces NRAM

The Tri-County Health Department of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, Colorado, has announced National Radon Action Month. The Department notes that radon levels in Colorado are high with approximately 50% of homes having levels in excess of 4.0 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level.

The Department also is promoting Colorado’s Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance (LIRMA) Program. Through this Program, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment assists low-income residents with funds of up to $1,500 for radon mitigation systems. This funding is limited and requires residents to own the home and carry proof of ownership.

Other promotions by the Department include Training for Real Estate Professionals provided by Tri-County Health Department that includes on-site training for real estate offices in the Denver Metro area.

For more information, see

North Carolina Announces National Radon Action Month and Webinars

In support of National Radon Action Month activities, the North Carolina Healthy Homes Program has announced National Radon Action Month, January 1 – 31, 2020. https://nchealthyhomes.com/event/national-radon-action-month-2/

The Program calendar also lists the free webinars,

2020 Radon Webinar Series | Radon: A Primer for Everyone at https://nchealthyhomes.com/event/2020-radon-webinar-series-radon-a-primer-for-everyone/ For more information on the series, Email Phillip Gibson at phillip.gibson@dhhs.nc.gov

The Program website provides basic information about radon at https://nchealthyhomes.com/radon/ and is funded in part by the North Carolina Health and Humans Services Department, which maintains the radon website at http://www.ncradon.org/Home.html

Four Free Webinars in January 2020

Radon Interested Parties,

I wanted to let you know about four free webinars during the month of January 2020. These webinars are intended to raise awareness and knowledge of radon, the leading environmental cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Attached is the 7-page announcement in PDF format. (Please log in to see the attachment.) This announcement provides the specifics on each presenter and presentation. The announcement also provides a link to register for one or more of the presentations. Once you register for the webinar(s), an email will be sent to you with your link to join the webinar(s) you signed up for.

Please remember that you need to register in order to attend the webinars. Each webinar has limited space. You may register with this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyb0WWIWjKU587MJHAKhAlV_Me7v6Fh_a_BcODpI7wuO9-lQ/viewform

Collaboration Leads to Success at International Code Council Hearings

Contributed by Kim Steves (KS)

Every three years, the International Code Council (ICC) evaluates and revises the content going into the International Residential Building Code (IRC). The new version of the IRC is then adopted by many states, counties and/or cities/towns. Radon Resistant New Construction building codes are included in Appendix F of the IRC.

Collaboration among the Conference of Radiation Program Directors (CRCPD), the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through submittal of written comments and testifying in person at the hearings led to supporting votes at the ICC public comment hearings October 26 in Las Vegas to (1) require testing of radon control means installed according to Appendix F of the International Residential Code and (2) exclude from Appendix F an option for sidewall venting of radon systems in new homes.

NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

Contributed by Cynthia A. Costello

NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

State Indoor Radon Grant
• Currently in our 30th year of funding
• Current Grant expires September 30, 2020
• Continued funding expected at slightly lower levels
• New Request for Applications for County Grants issued soon
• 5-year contracts
• $100,000 annual funding
• New Request for Proposals for radon detectors and analysis is in progress.

Radon Program - Projects
1. Public Information Program
a. Poster Contest
b. Weatherization Program Outreach
c. Open Data NY
d. Stakeholder’s Meeting
e. National Radon Action Month
f. Detector Distribution
g. FFY 2018-2019
• 6248 detectors distributed
• 3906 detectors analyzed

2. Schools Outreach, Training & Guidance
a. FFY 2018-2019
• 5 school districts tested
• 20 buildings
• 872 kits
• 175 daycare kits analyzed

NORM IX Presentations Available Online

Presentations and photos from the Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material held from 23 to 27 September 2019 in Denver, Colorado are now online. https:/nucleus.iaea.org/sites/orpnet/resources/SitePages/NORM%20IX.aspx

Numerous presentations addressed radon issue including:

  • David Allard, CHP, PA Dept. Env. Prot. Bureau of Radiation: A Case of Extremely High Indoor Radon Level in a Southeast Pennsylvania Housing Development
  • Douglas Chambers, Arcadis: Radiation Protection in Mining with a Focus on Radon
  • Pam Warkentin, CARST: Radon in Canada - Protecting Canadians in their Indoor Environment
  • Peter Schmidt, Wismut GmbH: Measurement of indoor radon concentrations at uranium mining legacy sites and sites of elevated natural radioactivity with the aim of deriving mitigation measures

Nevada Radon Fact Sheet Highlights

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Radon Fact Sheet, provides a summary of radon activities in Nevada.The sheet highlights test results, activities and accomplishments of the Program.

Testing information summary notes:

· 26% of homes tested have elevated radon levels.

· One in four homes tested in Nevada had elevated levels (greater than 4.0 pCi/L).

· Data collection period - 1989 to June 30, 2018.

The Program has worked to include radon in the 2016‐2020 Nevada State Cancer Plan. The Plan addresses the prevention of lung cancer with a radon goal, objectives and activities toward increasing the number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated, and number of homes built using radon‐resistant new construction techniques.

The Program involves partnerships, including: