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Nevada “My Hazards Map” Includes Radon

by Margaret Henderson

A collaboration between the Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has produced a “My Hazards Map” which includes radon, along with other categories of hazards (fires, floods, earthquakes) with choices of base layer (satellite imagery, streets, etc.).

The interactive map with multiple hazard layers can been seen at
https://gisweb.unr.edu/MyHAZARDS/ The American Geosciences Institute Critical Issues termed it the “map of the day” on Twitter on June 6.

Indoor Radon Risk Levels in Oregon

by Margaret Henderson

The Oregon Public Health Division, Radon Awareness Program, recommends testing all Oregon residences regardless of the risk level assigned to the home's geographic location. In Oregon an estimated 276 radon-related deaths occur each year, according to the department.

To help residents understand the level of radon risk associated with living in various areas of the state, the department presents data and assigns risk scores. The data includes long-term radon tests (more than 90 days) and short-term radon tests (2-90 days) that have been conducted primarily by homeowners among a group of homes, even those next door to each other.

Information is available in a risk level map for radon using arcgis (geographic information systems presentation).

South Carolina Presents Radon Data by County in State Map

by Margaret Henderson

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) used results from test kits analyzed by its laborary, from kits provided to residents who tested their homes. Test kit data through December 31, 2015, is presented on-line in a county map, giving average in-home radon concentrations.

For each county, the average result, highest level and number of tests are given. The highest level of 126.6 pCi/L was in Greenville County [Number of Test: 4654; Average Result: 4.2 pCi/L].

The map advises, “Just because the average for your county may not be as high as others, it is possible that you have elevated radon levels in your home. The only way to know for sure is to test. This map may differ from the EPA predicted risk Radon Zone Map since it is based on radon test kit results.”

For homeowners who have tested and need to mitigate, other helpful information is provided on the department’s website, including

Ohio Radon Mitigation Data

Summarized by Margaret Henderson

Radon mitigation data for Ohio are presented in a presentation
created by Ashok Kumar, Charanya Varadarajan, and Suman Maroju from the Department of Civil Engineering , University of Toledo. The project was funded through the Ohio Department of Health.

Records on 17,089 mitigations were examined, which reported 15 different types of systems contractors reported using. Information is available by city/county and year in the mitigation database. (Records with complete information totaled 11,565.)

An on-line presentation about radon, created through funding by the Ohio Department of Health, discusses “Management of Indoor Radon in the State of Ohio.”

Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects for 2016-2017

by Margaret Henderson

Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes; over half of radon tests in the state are above the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. Data reported by county and city shows 73,280 test results with 60% of those being in excess of 4 pCi/L. The highest test result was 282 pi/L. Much of the state has recorded radon levels between 21 and 100 pCi/L, according to the mapping of data through 2013. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf

The Nebraska Radon Program Awareness and Risk Reduction Projects encourage more testing and mitigation. The program supports this mission by awarding grants to non-profit organizations for efforts to increase local awareness about the risks associated with radon exposure and to involve communities risk reduction.

New Jersey Podcast Features Radon Issues

by Margaret Henderson

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) features health issues in weekly podcasts. Episode 38 discusses radon gas in an 18 minute presentation. https://njdep.podbean.com/e/episode-38-radon-action-month-with-anita-kopera/
The podcast is available through Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
In this podcast, Anita Kopera, supervisor of DEP’s Radon Section, discusses radon issues, regulations, mitigation systems and other issues.

Radon Awareness and Health Care

3R's course sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Radon Program to be Held in Golden, CO

The 3R’s Course --Radiation, Radioactivity and Radon—is being offered in Golden, Colorado, June 27-29, 2017. The course announcement and agenda for the course is below. Keep the course going by sharing this information with other teachers, educators and/or any other interested parties. You do not have to be a teacher to take this course. Anyone interested in educating other about the 3R's can register. The course allows the opportunity to use measurement equipment, explore basic concepts and develop an understanding of radon and its significance to health.

Peg Roding, teacher of the course for the past ten years or so is retiring, and she has passed her teaching knowledge of the 3R's course on to a new instructor, Christy Nichols. With the help of her "co-teachers" Robert Beckman and Roger Felch and the support of Rhonda Dvornak with the Colorado School of Mines, the plans is to continue this course which has enriched so many students across Colorado and nationally.

Colorado Organized and Hosted Radon Conference

Chrys Kelley, the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division’s Radon Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, organized and hosted the USEPA Region 8 Radon Conference on April 20 and April 21, 2017. The first day of the conference was free and provided attendees with a free lunch. The second day offered affordable continuing education courses. While the event was tailored to USEPA Region 8 concerns, anyone interested in radon outreach or education was welcome to attend. There were 102 people in attendance along with 16 vendors.

The meeting, held in Westminster, awarded continuing education credits. Some topics on the agenda were:
• Addressing Radon in Daycare Facilities, Schools and Large Buildings
• QA/QC for the Measurement and Mitigation Professional
• Developing Your Radon Business

For more information, contact:
Chrys Kelley, Radon Program Manager
E-mail - chrys.kelley@state.co.us
Telephone Number - (303) 692-3442

Minnesota’s Experience: Working with Your Local Building Industry Associations on Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC)

Adapted from the presentation http://aarst-nrpp.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mon_2_Kerber_Working_with_BIAs_9-19-16.pdf with permission of the presenter, Joshua Kerber

In a presentation at the 2016 International Radon Symposium held in San Diego, California, September 18-21, Joshua Kerber of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Indoor Air Unit, made a presentation on working with local building industry associations in promoting and developing radon resistant new construction (RRNC). The presentation included Minnesota’s history of the efforts, features of RRNC and RRNC educational efforts.