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Nevada Outreach to Group Meetings Distributes Information and Test Kits to Wide Audience

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program participated in outreach activities at several functions, proving answers to questions, educational information, and free test kits during the closing quarter of 2017. The Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health supports these projects through a grant from the USEPA. Radon experts and educators addressed attendees at:

  • Reno Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP);
  • Renown Cancer Institute Great American Smokeout and Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events;
  • Nevada Nurses Association/Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders Convention; and
  • Nevada Cancer Coalition Summit.

Oregon Provides Radon Communication Toolkit to School Districts

by Margaret Henderson

Oregon statues required school districts, as well as charter schools, to submit radon testing plans to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) by September 1, 2016. (Testing must be done by January 1, 2021.) As of January 30, 2018, the number of districts that provided plans was 194. The list of districts complying with the requirement is at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/HEALTHYNEIGHBORHOODS/RADONGAS/Documents/School%20District%20Radon%20Testing%20Plans%20Received%20by%20OHA_01.30.18.pdf

Colorado Hosted Region 8 Stakeholders Conference

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program hosted the USEPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders Conference in Denver, Colorado, on April 19 – 20, 2018. There were 125 attendees and numerous educational and informational presentations. For the agenda and presentations, see
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/epa-region-8-radon-stkhs-conf-presentations

Guest speakers presented information on technical topics including:
• Mitigation Diagnostics in Basements
• Radon in Pier-and-Grade-Beam Foundations
• Radon Myths Debunked
• Evaluating and Assessing Radon Testing in Housing

Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa, discussed “Radon: The Leading Environmental Cause of Cancer Mortality.”

Two presentations on Colorado radon projects included:
• Colorado Radon Measurement and Mitigation Guidance Document

Proposed Rules Governing Radon Professional Licensing, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4620, parts 7000 to 7950

The following Notice of Intent to Adopt will be published in the Minnesota State Register on June 4, 2018. The notice contains information about a possible hearing and how to submit comments regarding the rules.

The following documents are posted on our rulemaking web page: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rulemaking/rulesindex.html

Proposed Radon Licensing Rules
Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR)
SONAR Appendix A: Measurement Professional Definition
SONAR Appendix B: List of Acronyms
Minnesota Department of Health

Division of Environmental Health

DUAL NOTICE: Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or
More Persons Request a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for
Hearing Are Received; Revisor’s ID Number 4353; OAH Docket Number 80-9000-35236

Georgia Provides Testing Encouragement and Instruction through Extension Service

by Margaret Henderson

The University of Georgia (UGA) Radon Education Program receives funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Indoor Radon Grant Program and provides a variety of outreach activities including a quarterly newsletter.

Kansas Adopts Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements

by Margaret Henderson

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements, dated January 30, 2018, sets forth requirements for technicians employed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment who perform radon measurements. The plan is to be reviewed and revised annually and its goal is to assure radon measurements conducted by the department are accurate, consistent and reproducible.

The KDHE Radon Program provides technical assistance to the residents of Kansas by providing measurement and mitigation technical information. The Program also is involved in oversight and certification of measurement and mitigation professionals and radon laboratories. Services may be provided as funds are available and may be performed in regulatory actions as needed.

The plan includes instructions on:
• Documents and Records
• Measurement Generation
• Sampling Methods
• Analytical Methods
• Instrument Calibration

Low Income Mitigation Assistance in Minnesota - MAY 30 DEADLINE

by Margaret Henderson

Due to Minnesota’s geology and building types and climate of long winter weather, two in five homes in Minnesota have high radon levels, in excess of the US EPA 4pCi/L recommended action level. Approximately 80% of Minnesota counties are expected to have high radon potentials.

For persons for whom mitigation is unaffordable, the Radon Program recognizes the need to provide special information that may help in making mitigation attainable.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about financial assistance to low income persons for mitigating radon. Depending on availability of funds, the Radon Program notes these possible sources:

  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), offering low-interest fixed rate loans;
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD "203k" Program, offering some loan programs;
  • Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants, offering loans and grants.

Kansas Provides Resources for Radon Contractors

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE) provides information and resources for contractors who, by law, must have a current certificate to perform radon testing or mitigation work and must be aware of and/or abide by various specifications. Topics of these specifications include:
• Certification
• Real Estate
• Standards and Protocols
• Building Codes
• Training and Examinations

Certification
The Radon Program provides links to the Kansas laws that require certification of persons. Application forms and fee schedules are also provided. All are available on the website http://www.kdheks.gov/radiation/radon_laws.htm

Real Estate
Kansas law also addresses requirements in real estate transactions. Information about radon and a recommendation to test for radon must be provided to all home buyers on their residential real estate contract.

Standards/Protocols

Arizona Provides Detailed Radon Information and Has Developed Long-Term Program Goals

by Margaret Henderson

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Radiation Control, Radon Program, through the State Indoor Radon Grant Program, provides a variety of radon activities. The Program continues to assess the radon hazards in Arizona, encourages testing and mitigation, educates the public about radon and performs measurements in public schools and buildings.

In Arizona, approximately one in fifteen homes has elevated radon levels (in excess of the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L). The geology of Arizona, where uranium mining occurred from the 1950s, contributes to the presence of radon. The Program encourages testing, regardless of proximity to uranium mining locations and emphasizes that the only way to know the radon level in a home is to test.

CRCPD Cooperates in First Radon Webinar Held by IAEA

by Margaret Henderson

April 5, 2018, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held its first Radon Webinar, “Targeting Radon: Sharing Practices and Experiences.” The focus of this webinar was improving radon messaging about buying and selling a home.