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Florida Radon Program Provides Extensive Public Service Announcements and Reference Information

by Margaret Henderson

The Florida Radon Program has assembled public information over a wide range of radon issues as a convenient way to review various sources of information. These include:
• Public Service Announcements
• Federal Government Sites
• Academic and Research Sites
• Environmental and Health Groups
• General Radiation Information

Month Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are available in a variety of file types ("wav", "cda", or "mp3" files.) PSAs are recorded messages from state legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Reference to Federal Government Sites include links to:
• USEPA and its radon publications
• US Geological Survey soil and radon data used to develop a radon zone potential map

Academic and Research Sites referenced include:

Iowa Provides Radon Basics in Slide Format

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Program has provided a slide presentation on “Radon Basics” that explains important basics about radon and the health effects of exposure to radon.

Iowa has 71.6% of homes above the recommended USEPA action level of 4 pCi/L based on the Iowa Radon Survey. Because at least 50% of the homes are above the 4pCi/L level, USEPA has designated the state as being entirely in the Zone 1 classification, where levels are anticipated to exceed the action level. With such a prevalence of elevated radon in Iowa homes, providing public information and education is a critical need.

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Radon in Real Estate Guidance Is Offered by Michigan Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

With the increasing frequency of radon testing by buyers as a part of the home buying process, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Radon Program has provided guidance on some basics about radon in homes. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of the health risk associated with exposure to elevated indoor radon levels, to encourage testing for radon, and to also encourage citizens to take action to reduce their exposure once elevated radon levels are found.

The Michigan Program indicates that about 12% of homes in Michigan have radon levels in excess of the 4pCi/L EPA recommended action level. Some Michigan counties have even higher percentages of homes with radon exceeding that level—as many as 40-45% of them. The Program notes the only way to know the radon level is to test the home.

The Program offers guidance to home buyers:

Report on the New York State Radon Stakeholders Meeting

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on November 9, 2017, at the Traditions on the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 70 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, radon testers and mitigators, and elected officials.

The keynote address was presented by Guy Garty, Ph.D., Columbia University, on the topic of “The Radiobiology of Radon.” Additional speakers presented on:
• radon resistant new construction;
• radon and weatherization;and
• continuous radon monitoring – testing and equipment calibration.

Dallas Jones, Executive Director of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) provided updates and discussed the National Radon Map Project. NYS Department of Health staff provided updates on their radon program and the Healthy Neighborhoods project. Larainne Koehler, EPA Region II, also provided updates.

Announcing the Radon Stakeholders Meeting in Iowa March 6, 2018

The 12th Annual State Radon Stakeholder’s Conference will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center.

This meeting is being held at no cost for all those that have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in their homes, schools and businesses. It is the intent of U.S. EPA Region 7 and its partners: the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Heartland Chapter of AARST (the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand radon issues from other perspectives, share, educate and network.

Radon Facts for Virginians From the Virginia Department of Health Indoor Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Indoor Radon Program has created a brochure about radon, specific to Virginians. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/7/2016/01/Radon-Facts-for-Virginians.pdf

Indiana Mapping Promotes Interest in Testing for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana State Department of Health, Indoor Air Quality Program, provides information about Indiana radon potentials and levels and radon prevention and mitigation.

All counties in Indiana are categorized as either Zone 1 or Zone 2 counties, per the USEPA classification.

  • Zone 1 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L.
  • Zone 2 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels from 2 to 4 pCi/L.

With such high potential for excessive indoor radon, the Program advises the public that the only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home. To encourage testing and mitigation and inform the public about radon potentials and findings in their areas, the Program has provided test radon data through a number of maps in order to report findings in understandable, visual ways.

2013 Data

Missouri Maps and Reports Radon Testing in Public Schools

by Margaret Henderson

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides radon information for the public, including data on radon testing in public schools. Most of the state’s counties are in Zone 2, the USEPA classification, where predicted average indoor radon screening levels would be from 2 to 4 pCi/L. Eleven counties are in Zone 1, where predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L, the recommended USEPA action level.

Interactive mapping of radon testing in public schools allows filtering by county and school name in order to zoom to results or statewide data can be viewed of all counties and districts. Selections include public schools and districts tested. Map background may be chosen. https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/EPHT_radonSchool/index.html

Kansas Data on Testing During Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Environmental Health and the Kansas Radon Program have analyzed radon data collected over two decades, frequently finding data reveals elevated radon levels. In Kansas, most of the counties are classified as Zone 1, per the USEPA classification. Zone 1 includes counties with predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L.

Data through 2014 is presented in a county map of the state with a total number of measurements equal to 73,959. Of those, 31,539 exceeded the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Measurements of 20 pCi/L or greater were reported in 1,957 results. The maximum reported radon level was 1,121.6 pCi/L and the average radon level was 5.1 pCi/L.