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ICRP Radon Statement

ICRP has recently released an updated statement on radon that generally fits well with the recent WHO guidance. See : http://www.icrp.org/icrp_radon.asp

Please complete a survey to improve radon surveillance

Dear Radon Leaders,

A survey titled “Iowa Surveillance Survey” has been posted under the “Discuss” tab on the RadonLeaders.org home page. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to complete the 3 questions. This survey will help in the evaluation of the Iowa radon test result surveillance system and in radon surveillance overall.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kaitlin Emrich
CDC/CSTE Fellow in Environmental Health
Iowa Department of Public Health

Call for Abstracts - 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innova

Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards (OAQPS), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP), and Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) are hosting the 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement, and Green Jobs: Evolution and Innovation being held January 25-27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We are issuing this call for abstracts for poster presentations on Environmental Justice by community residents. Abstracts will be accepted October 14, 2009 through November 13, 2009.

Screencast Available - National Radon Action Month Webinar, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dear Radon Leaders,

On October 20, 2009, EPA hosted a webinar titled, “New Radon Outreach Tools for January 2010 and Beyond.”

During the Webinar, speakers provided the latest news and tools to help radon stakeholders prepare for National Radon Action Month, and conduct radon outreach year-round. Highlights included:

  • An update on National Radon Program Services now run by Kansas State University (formerly run by the National Safety Council);
  • A preview of new tools on RadonLeaders.org for posting, viewing, and having a dialogue around National Radon Action Month activities and events; and
  • An update on exciting media campaigns being led by EPA.

A screencast of the webinar and "Questions and Answers" from the session are available at:

Very Important - Healthy People 2020 Draft Objectives

The US Department of Health and Human Services is requesting public comments on the draft set of proposed objectives for Healthy People 2020. This is your opportunity to review the objectives and topic areas and suggest additional objectives and topic areas that you feel are missing from the draft set. Beginning today and until December 31, 2009, you may submit your comments on the Healthy People Web site: http://www.healthypeople.gov/ If you prefer, you may e-mail your comments to HP2020@hhs.gov.

American Cancer Society Perspectives on Environmental Factors and Cancer

American Cancer Society Perspectives on Environmental Factors and Cancer

http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/cgi/content/full/caac.20041v1

Save The Date - Third Annual Region 6 Radon Stakeholder's Meeting - March 22-23, 2010

The Third Annual Region 6 Radon Stakeholder's Meeting will be held at the Regional Office on Monday, March 22, 2010 and will end on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Continuing from our meetings in Albuquerque, NM and Oklahoma City, OK the Regional Radon Stakeholder's meeting will be held at the EPA-R6 Regional office in Dallas, TX. One of the major highlights for this year's meeting will be a discussion of other Indoor Air programs besides radon (Children's Health, Indoor Air Quality, Tools for School, asthma, etc).

Alpha Energy Laboratory will provide breakfast on Tuesday!

More information to follow!

Recording of WHO Handbook Presentation and EPA Interview

For those in the radon field who did not have the opportunity to hear Dr. Field’s presentation at the National Radon meeting in September regarding the World Health Organization’s Handbook on Indoor Radon, we have posted a video of his presentation with his express permission. The sound quality is not great as I was recording the program for latter reference for an article I was writing for the Indoor Environments Connection. However, after listening to the presentation and recognizing the impact that this announcement could have, we were able to lay the audio onto Dr. Field’s slides to provide an easily accessible rendition of his presentation. We trust this will help sustain the distribution of the WHO message that, in my opinion, validates radon as a significant worldwide health concern.

This program can be viewed at no cost at the following URL on the CERTI.US web site:

HUD Healthy Homes Demonstration Program

Program Summary

The Healthy Homes Demonstration Program is part of HUD’s Healthy Homes Program initially launched in 1999. The program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The program builds upon HUD's successful Lead Hazard Control programs to expand HUD’s efforts to address a variety of high-priority environmental health and safety hazards including: mold, allergens, carbon monoxide, safety hazards, pest infestations, pesticide exposure, and radon.
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Eligibility

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit institutions and for-profit firms, state and local governments, housing authorities, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and colleges and universities located in the United States. For-profit firms are not allowed to make a profit from the project. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Save The Date - Fourth Annual Region 7 EPA/State Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting, March 2, 2010

The Fourth Annual Region 7 EPA/State Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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 EPA Region 7 and its partners; the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and AARST (the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand the issues from other perspectives, share, educate and network. We believe that meetings such as this will better equip all of us with ways to assist the public and reduce radon exposures.