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Kansas Radon Map Presents 73,959 Data Entries

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Radon Program and Kansas State University have developed a state map by county that represents 73,959 data entries collected since 1988 through June 2014. The map is available for study purposes. The department emphasizes that the only way to know radon levels in a home is to test.

Of the reported test results, 31,539 (43%) exceeded 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level. The maximum result was 1,121.6 pCi/L and 1957 results exceeded 20 pCi/L. The majority of the counties show results exceeding 4 pCi/L. See http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/files/kansasradonprogram/county-map/Ks_Cty_AvgRadon2014.pdf. A downloadable zip file of county maps and test results is available on the site http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/county-map.

Cancer Moonshot Task Force Includes Radon in Its Year 1 Implementation Plans

Cancer Moonshot Report of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, published October 17, 2016, identifies the role of partnerships to avoid carcinogenic risks by reducing radon in its Year 1, Implementation Plan.

Quoting from the report, page 21:

Partnership to Avoid Carcinogenic Risks by Reducing Radon Exposure

User Friendly Minnesota Public Health Tracking Website Presents Radon Data

by Margaret Henderson

The Minnesota Department of Health hosts a website featuring the Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking (MN Tracking) Program. This user-friendly website presents radon data from 2000-2014 with charts and an interactive map presenting data from specified time periods.

Charts note that the average radon level in Minnesota (4.6 pCi/L), which is above the EPA recommended action level. Because the Minnesota soil has high levels of radon and home heating systems draw in radon gas and increase the indoor air concentrations of radon, the department notes Minnesota has a serious health issue with radon.

On the county level, approximately 78% of Minnesotan counties have average radon levels in the highest category, exceeding 4 pi/L. Another chart shows average radon concentrations changing with seasons, ranging from 5.1 pCi/L in winter to 3.9 pCi/L in summer.

New York State Radon Program - Reminder of Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting

A reminder from New York State Radon Program ---

Attached is the agenda and registration information for our upcoming annual Stakeholder Meeting. We will be offering vendor space this year, $75 per table. Please contact us at 518-402-7556 if you have questions regarding the meeting and/or registration. Payments for registration or vendor space can be sent to our address, attention: Anthony Barna.

We have included new speakers this year who will be presenting on relevant topics. Please join us on October 27th at the Traditions at the Glen, 4104 Watson Blvd, Johnson City NY.

Florida’s Powerful Data Tool Provides Test Results

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Department of Health’s Radon and Indoor Air Program provides powerful search capabilities on its website for radon test results by zip code as well as by facility type.

Radon data by zip code is available through a request function. See http://adminappsdoh35.doh.state.fl.us/radon/default.aspx
The user may enter up to five zip codes at a time for searching the database. Source of the data is two-fold:
• from monthly reports by state certified radon measurement businesses; and
• from compliance reports by facilities required to test for radon under Florida Statute 404.056.

The department does caution that data does not represent a scientific or statistical survey and should be interpreted with caution and that testing is the only way to determine if excessive radon levels exist.

Iowa Uses a Series of YouTube Videos to Educate about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Program includes in its website reference list a series of videos about radon produced by the department. According to the website, Iowa is entirely a Zone 1 state, Zone 1 being the EPA designation for locations where radon concentrations are expected to exceed 4 pCi/L, the recommended action level. A Zone 1 state means that at least 50% of the homes are above the recommended level. The Iowa Radon Survey has indicated that Iowa has the largest percentage (or 71.6%) of homes above the action level of 4pCi/L.

The department emphasizes the importance of public health education and guidance by providing consumer guidance, including the video series. The series includes:

How Do I Test?
How Radon Enters Your Home
What is Radon?
Why is Radon A Problem?
Radon: What Do My Test Results Mean?
What is Radon Mitigation?
Is Your Radon Mitigation System Installed Correctly and Working Properly?

Colorado: NOTICE OF PUBLIC RULE-MAKING HEARING ON LOW INCOME RADON MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

FROM: THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, RADIATION PROGRAM

Attention: Stakeholders, Radon Mitigation Contractors

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF PUBLIC RULE-MAKING HEARING FOR RADIATION REGULATIONS – PART 21 (LOW INCOME RADON MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)

This is to inform you that on October 19, 2016 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Radiation Program will be conducting a rulemaking hearing regarding the proposed new Part 21 rule titled “Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance (LIRMA) Program”. Refer to the attached Notice of Public Rulemaking and the information and website(s) below for further details on the proposed rule and public hearing.

BACKGROUND
During the 2016 Colorado legislative session, the state legislature passed House Bill HB

California Publishes New Radon Potential Report and Map of Orange County

By Margaret Henderson

Efforts of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Indoor Radon Program, through an interagency agreement with the California Department of Conservation and California Geological Survey (CGS), have resulted in the development of the 2015 radon potential zone map for Orange County. A 113 page, comprehensive report documents the map’s development. Radon potential maps developed by CGS for the CDPH-Indoor Radon Program show areas where, based on geologic conditions, radon concentrations in homes are predicted to exceed 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level.

2016 Updates from the Connecticut Radon Program

Contributed by Lynn Hudak, Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)

A 2016 update from the Connecticut Radon Program includes news about promotions, education, media outreach, National Radon Action Month, test kit distribution and other important topics.

The annual “Radon Measurement in Connecticut Schools” course was held in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 12, 2016. This one-half day course is mandatory for individuals to be eligible to conduct radon measurement in Connecticut public schools. This training is a National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) and American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) [AARST-NRPP] approved radon training course. Four (4) continuing education units (CEUs) were available after successful completion of the course.

Announcement and Invitation 26th National Radon Training Conference

Announcement and Invitation
26th National Radon Training Conference
September 18 – September 21, 2016
Paradise Point
San Diego, California

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) is sponsoring this conference and training with financial assistance from Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The conference provides sessions on special interests and continuing education and technical issues with an agenda featuring speakers from across the U.S.

Visit the website for registration and agenda information. http://crcpd.org/Radon_2016.aspx

Contact for registration:
Mendy Cremeans, 502/227-4543, Ext. 2225
mcremeans@crcpd.org