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Living Radon Reference Manual

Dear Colleagues:

We are posting a link for you to access our Radon Reference Manual (RRM). This is our initial effort at this manual an we are looking for your input. As your time permits please review the RRM and provide us any corrections or additions. For additions we are looking for topics that have not yet been covered, such as radon in building materials, thoron, pertinent web sites, etc. You may post your comments/additions to this site or directly to one of the authors at rolewis@state.pa.us.

The RRM can be found at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/LivingRadonReferenceManual.htm

Thank you very much.

Paul Houle and Bob Lewis

WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective

The formal release of the WHO Handbook on Indoor Radon: A Public Health Perspective will occur on Monday via a press release from the World Health Organization as well as from other agencies and stakeholders. Hopefully, the release will stimulate a renewed AND SUSTAINED interest in radon worldwide. The handbook should be available on Sept 21 as a free download from the WHO - International Radon Project Website. http://www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/radon/en/index1.html As noted by the WHO, “The overall goal of this handbook is to provide an up-to-date overview of the major aspects of radon and health. It does not aim to replace existing radiation protection standards, rather it emphasizes issues relevant to the comprehensive planning, implementation and evaluation of national radon programmes.”

Continuing Education Workshops for Radon Specialists - Nashville, TN

I wanted to make everyone aware of a number of radon training courses that will be held in Nashville, TN in late October and early November, 2009. Please review the attached PDF below for complete details.

Please note that you must be logged in to RadonLeaders.org to access the current draft document. If you cannot see the attachment below you are not logged in to RadonLeaders.org. Please log-in at the top of the page. If you do not already have an account, register now.

National Radon Training meeting approved for up to 12 Continuing Education Credits by AAHP

The National Radon Training Conference later this month in St Louis, has been granted 2 CEC per half day to a maximum of 12 for the entire meeting and been assigned ID number 2009-09-001.

See AAHP website for additional details.

RRNC Online Training Video

My name is Robert Stephenson, and I work for the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Southface promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance, and we are a subcontractor under the Georgia SIRG grant.

Most of our work lies in educating builders and others in the construction industry about RRNC through our green building trainings and programs. I developed the following video based on a short training that I have done with builders and architects, and I was hoping to get some feedback from the Radon Leaders community.

If you have any comments on the content or succesful methods you have had reaching the building community please let me know. It would be much appreciated.

Free Indoor Air Quality Training in Lexington, MA

Free Indoor Air Quality Training
Presented by Eric Werling, U.S. EPA’s Indoor AirPLUS
Opening by Michelle Roberts, EcoHealth Homes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
8:30am—12:00pm

National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road
(At the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA 02421

Eric Werling, U.S. EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program Coordinator, will discuss key points about indoor air quality (IAQ) and present highlights of the EPA's new IAQ label for new homes. Why is IAQ important to address in new homes - not just for home buyers, but for builders' bottom line, too?

He'll briefly introduce IAQ principles, highlight how Indoor airPLUS makes IAQ simple and affordable, and show how Indoor airPLUS was designed to fit seamlessly into the ENERGY STAR for Homes process.

RSVPs Required: massenergystarhomes@icfi.com or call 800.628.8413
*Web conferencing available. Contact the Program for access.

Need Radon Testing or RRNC Standards from Enlightened Countries

The American Industrial Hygiene Association recently established a Green Building Work Group, discussing indoor environmental quality in "green" buildings. We have concerns that new, highly insulated buildings may not have adequate ventilation. I have personally measured elevated formaldehyde in a number of new "green" homes. I suspect radon may be concentrated as well.

We are currently collecting regulations and recommendations from both the US and abroad. The information will be used to develop an AIHA white paper on indoor environmental quality in green buildings.

Please send me any relevant documents that might be appropriate to incorporate into our white paper.

Thank you,
Linda
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Linda Kincaid, MPH, CIH
Industrial Hygiene Services
nanosafety@gmail.com

Comments on two recent papers concerning radon/radiation and granite counter top

Two papers have recently been published - Part 1 is on granite and radiation, and Part 2 is on granite and radon specifically. The papers are available for review in the RadonLeaders.org Radon Research section.

Below are my views on Part 1:

The paper is well written, and contributes to the literature; however, I have comments regarding the radiation paper, and maybe Joe A. can address them:

My Bio--New addition to radon team at EPA HQ

Hi! I’m Jani—I’m the newest addition to the IED radon team at EPA’s HQ (coming close to my one month anniversary). If I haven't already, I know I will soon interact with many of you (see you in St Louis!).

If anyone is curious as to what I've been up to before I came to EPA, I’ve put together a short bio to satisfy that curiosity. Long story short—just about every aspect of IAQ from thermography, radon, ventilation, fungi, lead, asbestos, particulates, VOC, Tools for Schools, asthma programs, mobile sources, laboratory QA, and good bit of technical writing. If you stop reading now, I won’t feel bad, but for those hardcore, interested folks I’ve provided a bit more detail.

Resource document on State Radon Legislation

I wanted to make this document available to everyone. I think it will be helpful in the way it is organized. The credit goes to Betsy Janes of the Kentucky American Lung Association for preparing this. We would like to update it as more regulation gets passed in the states. Hopefully Kentucky will add to it in the near future!

Comprehensive Listing of Radon State Laws & Regulations