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Utah Announces Radon Poster Winners for 2019

by Margaret Henderson

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality Radon Program has announced winners of the 2019 State Radon Poster Contest Winners. The Poster Contest offers winners cash awards. The three first place winners receive $100 and his/her teacher receives $100. Two more students will receive $100 and a $100 for their teacher.

The contest received 57 entries, from age grades four through six, seven through eight and nine through twelve. See the 2019 National Radon Poster Contest Entrants at https://deq.utah.gov/waste-management-and-radiation-control/radon/2019-national-radon-poster-contest-entrants

Posters were judged based on:

* Content accuracy

* Visual communication of topic

* Ability to reproduce

* Originality

Ohio Guide Addresses Radon in Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has published “Radon,” a guide about radon, health effects, testing and mitigation with information unique to Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3723 and Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 3701-69. (The guide cautions that for this reason, it should not be used as a reference in any other state.) The purpose of the guide is to provide information about radon and radon testing as a part of real estate transactions.

Indoor radon levels have been found in Ohio homes located in every county; annually, of all the homes tested in Ohio, 50% have elevated levels (exceeding the 4 pCi/L levels the USEPA recommends as an action level.) The guide includes a “Selling Your Home & Radon ” seller’s checklist as well as a buyer’s checklist.

Nevada Offers Wide Range of Outreach Activities During Radon Action Month 2019

by Margaret Henderson

The University of Nevada Reno has planned numerous events for National Radon Action Month, January 2019. The Nevada Radon Education Program, supported by the USEPA and Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, educates the residents of Nevada about the radon health risk. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) offers literature, educational programs and radon test kits in many county Extension offices.

To promote radon awareness, testing and mitigation, the Program has numerous plans for presentations and outreach events during the 2019 National Radon Action Month.

Several counties will be hosting workshops and presentations. The Nevada Radon Education Program has a listing of opportunities in Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Elko and Washoe Counties. The website provides an “RSVP” option for registering. See http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/events.asp

Colorado Begins National Radon Action Month Promotions

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program is beginning 2019 with a celebration of National Radon Action Month (NRAM). The Colorado State Board of Health has issued a proclamation to recognize NRAM and encourage testing for radon in Colorado homes. See the attached proclamation. Approximately 50% of the homes in Colorado have levels of radon that exceed the 4 pCi/L USEPA recommended action level. All counties in Colorado are considered at high risk for elevated radon.

The Radon Program sponsored a poster contest for youth and has announced the winner of the 2019 contest, which is part of the NRAM activities.

For more information about NRAM in Colorado, contact:

Chrystine Kelley

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Radon Program Manager
Telephone: 303.692.3442

Florida Colorful Brochures on Radon in Florida Homes and Free Radon Test Kits Provide Information to the Public

by Margaret Henderson

The Florida Department of Health Radon and Indoor Air Program provides outreach to Florida residents, encouraging testing by illustrating the prevalence of radon in Florida homes and by providing a coupon for free test kits.

One in five homes in Florida that has been tested had results that exceeded the 4 pCi/L USEPA recommended action level. Florida considers itself “aggressive” in consumer protection with respect to radon exposures. For instance, radon measurement and mitigation companies have been required to be certified since 1989. The state operates an outreach program with highlights and guidance in order to help residents reduce exposure to radon.

Two colorful brochures illustrate radon potentials in Florida and encourage testing by offering free test kits.

Georgia Welcomes New Radon Educator

Reprinted with permission from the Radon in Georgia, Georgia Radon Education Program Newsletter, September 2018

The Georgia Radon Program hired a new Radon Educator in September after the departure of Gabrielle Dean, who was with the program for over four years. Derek Cooper, the new Radon Educator, has a B.S. in Environmental Health Science. He brings experience working with private environmental companies, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability. Derek attended the International Radon Symposium in Myrtle Beach in late September where he trained to become a certified residential measurement provider under the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). He has already participated in programs and is actively involved in helping to increase awareness and knowledge about radon in the state of Georgia. To contact Derek, send him an e-mail dmc20@uga.edu or call 706-583-0602.

Contact Information:

Derek Cooper Radon Educator

Georgia Outreach Activities Highlights

by Margaret Henderson

The Georgia Radon Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Indoor Radon Grant Program (SIRG) and is conducted by the University of Georgia. The program provides information, test kits and other outreach activities to encourage testing and mitigation. Outreach activities include site visits, teaching sessions and media other contacts.

The Georgia Radon Program conducted outreach visits to three high schools during fall of 2018 to provide education on basic radon information, including testing and mitigation. The goal was to provide knowledge and encourage testing and mitigation. Students in chemistry, environmental science, and biology classes received instruction and a test kit to use at home and return for a grade in class. A Skype session is planned with staff from the Georgia Radon Program to discuss the test results and possible actions needed.

Radon Included in the Utah’s Public Health Indicator Based Information System (IBIS)

by Margaret Henderson

Utah's Public Health Data Resource, the Public Health Indicator Based Information System (IBIS) includes information on radon. Data were provided by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Radiation Control.

Minnesota Department of Health Updates Quality Assurance Templates

by Margaret Henderson

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has published a 32-page Quality Assurance Template, “Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements.” The document and other information is available on http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigationprof.html.

Quality Assurance plans must be submitted by Licensed Radon Professionals in Minnesota and be based on USEPA guidance. Plans in existence may be acceptable, or new or updated plans may be reviewed during the application process for licensure. The MDH is providing a template for the plan; however, it is not a requirement to use this specific plan. Customized plans, provided by manufacturers and laboratories may be used instead, if available. Or individual plans may be acceptable upon review.

The MDH document defines Quality Assurance Plan as:

29th National Radon Conference - SAVE THE DATE FOR 2019

The National Radon Conference will be in Denver, CO in 2019. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand in Denver, Colorado, September 9 – 11, 2019.

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors E-25 Committee will be meeting in December 2018 to begin planning the 29th National Radon Training Conference.

To contact the E-25 Committee for more information:
Chairperson : Chrystine Kelley (CO )
Email: Chrys.kelley@state.co.us

or through:

Office of the Executive Director (OED)
1030 Burlington Lane, Suite 4B
Frankfort, KY 40601
Ph 502.227.4543
Fx 502.227.7862