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Nebraska Offers Radon Mitigation Guidance

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, 59% of the test results indicated high radon levels (above 4 pCi/L). Homes with these levels should be reduced through mitigation based on the USEPA guidelines. Of 73,280 homes tested, the average result was 6 pCi/L.

Because Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes with more than half of radon tests in the state are above the action level of 4.0 pCi/L, the importance of mitigation is emphasized by the the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. To explain about mitigation systems and radon resistant new construction, the program provides detailed discussion.

Iowa Department of Public Health Offers Guidance on Testing Child Care Centers for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published radon testing protocols for child care centers. Instructions cover:
• Testing placement;
• Test results;
• Mitigation;
• Additional information; and
• Other resources.

Minnesota Announces Radon Partnership Workshops

Reprinted from an announcement of the Minnesota Department of Health

Radon Partnership Workshops
Learn more about radon to help your organization raise awareness in your community.
The workshop is intended for all levels of expertise, whether you’re a novices or expert on radon.

Who should attend:
Local public health agencies, non-profits, medical facilities, radon professionals
(CE credits available for registered sanitarians and nurses)

When and Where:

November 2, 2017 9 am-12 pm
MDH Mankato Office
12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2105
Mankato, MN

November 6, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
Hiway Federal Credit Union
111 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN

November 8, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
MDH St. Cloud Office
3333 West Division St, Suite 212
St. Cloud, MN

November 9, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
MDH Bemidji Office
705 – 5th St NW, Suite A
Bemidji, MN

Please register by email tina.leland@state.mn.us

Nebraska Uses Data, Publications and Audio Clips to Advise About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, one out of every two radon tests conducted yielded a high result. Fifty-nine per cent of the homes tested had positive results. Nebraska ranks third in the nation for having high radon levels. To assist the public in understanding radon, testing and the importance of mitigation, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon program provides radon data, maps, publications and audio clips.

Nebraska provides a summary of radon test data to encourage testing and mitigation and implementation radon-resistant building codes. Results are show in maps and tables, showing the zones where radon exceeds the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Mapping the highest results by county indicates that much of the state has levels between 21-100 pCi/L. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf

Iowa Department of Public Health Provides Variety of Information

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health http://idph.iowa.gov/radonc provides information and assistance through its radon program and also contracts with the American Lung Association to maintain the Health House website http://www.healthhouse.org/radon/ia.cfm, and staff Iowa's Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992.

The entire state of Iowa is categorized as Zone 1 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), which indicates a potential for elevated radon levels exceeding the 4 pCi/L recommended USEPA action guideline. The Iowa Department of Public Health estimates that as many as 5 in 7 homes across Iowa have elevated radon levels, with an average concentration of 8.5pCi/L statewide. The department estimates that “400 deaths per year in Iowa are caused by radon-induced lung cancer, about the same number of annual deaths seen in Iowa for traffic fatalities.”

Indiana Requires Certification of Radon Testers and Mitigators

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana Radon Program has the responsibility of licensing radon testers and mitigators in the State of Indiana, and providing the public of Indiana information about radon and its effects. http://www.in.gov/isdh/24346.htm

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Guidance on Radon and Real Estate in Colorado

In Colorado, about 50% of the homes have high radon levels (in excess of the 4pCi/L action level USEPA recommends). Natural deposits of uranium and radium that are found in Colorado geology are the major source of radon in the state.

In providing guidance on radon in real estate, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program has updated its “Radon and Real Estate Transactions” brochure, both in English and Spanish. See the attached file. The brochure offers:
• The basics about radon and its health significance;
• Colorado real estate transaction requirements;
• Detailed explanations of testing and mitigation topics; and
• A note about radon in water.

In addition to the brochure, the Radon Program provides information through its website with videos on “Radon and the Real Estate Professional” and “Installing Radon Systems in New Homes.” Other helpful links and contact information are provided also.

For more information, see:

California Releases New Publication and Map on Radon Potential in Western Tulare County

by Margaret Henderson

California Department of Public Health (CDPH), working with the California Geological Survey (CGS), produces Radon Potential Maps of the state. Mapping is designed to provide public information, (although maps may not be used to determine a specific area or house which may have elevated radon the department cautions). State and local governments benefit from the mapping in guiding them to devote resources and activities toward areas with potential problems.

A recently available report and may, the Special Report 238 - Radon Potential in Western Tulare County, California, by By Ronald K. Churchill, Ph.D., is available at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/minerals/hazardous_minerals/radon

Arizona offers Guidance on Radon in Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency offers information about radon in real estate transactions providing guidance and information. Although Arizona law does not require radon testing or that Arizona homeowners reduce health risk from radon, or that radon resistant construction techniques be utilized, the agency advises about the health risks of radon and the ability to control radon exposure as a form of public information.

For home sellers and buyers, the agency provides information such as the geologic potentials for radon and the aspect of ventilation rate and patterns of home use that can affect the radon concentrations in a home. For instance, use of air conditioning in summer months can cause radon levels to be higher at that time than in the months with lower temperatures.

Testing guidance for real estate transactions regarding radon are addressed in a series of FAQ publications for both the seller and buyer, including: