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Opportunity to Submit Abstracts - National Healthy Homes Conference

The abstracts submission deadline has been extended for the National Healthy Homes Conference.

Learn more here: http://www.healthyhomesconference.org/call-for-abstracts.htm

Rutgers offering an RRNC Training for Builders and Construction Code Officials (PA)

Date: June 23, 2010
Registration/Continental Breakfast: 8am
Program: 8:30am - 12:30pm

For an upcoming schedule, click here

4 Hour Elective CE units for Builders and Construction Code Officials

Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Co-sponsored by the Pike County Builders Association
In Cooperation with Spruce Environmental Technologies

This four-hour program is designed for builders in Pennsylvania to help them understand the market benefits of installing radon-ready new construction (RRNC) and to train them to properly install the system.

The objectives of this program is to:

  • Place RRNC in the context of the major movements in the current building arena: Green Building and Energy Star Connect these programs to increased market share
  • Clarify the current RRNC standards—IRC Appendix F and ASTM E1465
  • Describe the pressure dynamics that allow radon to enter a home

EPA awards $779,000 in SIRG funds to 18 states!

On Friday, August 6th the EPA HQ-Regional Radon Team completed a month-long exercise to distribute $779,000 in supplemental FY 2010 State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) funds. EPA’s Regional air program managers and SIRG Project Officers were notified of the funding decisions via email. The $779,000 was awarded to 18 states in EPA Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10. Thirty of the 56 projects proposed in EPA’s radon priority areas received funds. For details, contact your Regional SIRG Project Officer. Thanks to all of you for another successful effort in advancing our collective radon risk reduction agenda.

EPA Awards $2.4 Million to Improve Indoor Air Quality

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding 17 cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations and a university, totaling approximately $2.4 million to improve indoor air quality nationwide. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors where levels of air pollution may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants, such as dust mites, can trigger asthma attacks and radon can cause lung cancer.

“EPA is proud to be working with our partners nationwide to improve the air we breathe at school, work and home,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “American communities face serious health and environmental challenges from air pollution. This effort gives us an opportunity to improve indoor air quality by increasing awareness of environmental health risks.”

Radon and Granite Counter Tops Research

Assessing exposure to granite countertops—part 2: Radon
Joseph G Allen, Taeko Minegishi, Theodore A Myatt, James H Stewart, John F Mccarthy and David L Macintosh
J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiology 2010 20: 263-272

Assessing exposure to granite countertops—part 1: Radiation
Theodore A Myatt, Joseph G Allen, Taeko Minegishi, William B Mccarthy, James H Stewart, David L Macintosh and John F Mccarthy
J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiology 2010 20: 273-280

Environmental Justice Forum in Denver

The Environmental Section of The American Public Health Association cordially invite you to an Environmental Justice Forum

The Focus: Issues, Partnerships, and Best Practices to Address Environmental Injustice and Health Issues

At this meeting, leaders from community-based organizations from across the country will come together to discuss their local Environ-mental Justice and Health Issues. The agenda will include discussion of ways to build capacity to address EJ and health issues, the use of partnerships to address EJ and health issues, federal initiatives to ad-dress EJ and health issues, and best practices. Come share your story!!!

Who: Community leaders and members, Organizations, Stu-dents, Environmental justice advocates, Government offi-cials, University partners, Researchers and other stake-holders. ALL ARE WELCOMED!!!

When: Saturday, November 6, 2010

Time: 4pm-7:30pm

Where: Denver Convention Center, Room TBA

Radon TEE's Youngest Supporter

October 21, 2010

Dearest Jacob,

How great it was to see you in Columbus, Ohio, at the International Radon Symposium when you presented CanSAR with your extremely generous check for $1,055.00! You have certainly surpassed any single individual’s donation this year to CanSAR, and your name will be place on our website as a very special contributor. Your video presentation, which accompanied your donation, was without a doubt the highlight of the Sunday night reception!

I truly enjoyed your Charity Birthday Party and felt very privileged to be a part of it. Jacob you are an amazing guy, and the members of CanSAR are very appreciative of the part you are playing in the Radon TEE campaign to help save lives through Radon awareness, testing and mitigation. Your enthusiasm for life and for helping others is very contagious!

HUD Strategic Plan

Deputy Secretary Ron Sims has created a HUD Healthy Homes Task Force, and radon is one of the issues that the Task Force will address, with the goal being to integrate radon testing and mitigation better into HUD’s housing programs. HUD also participates in a Federal Healthy Homes Work Group that facilitates interagency communication and coordination on healthy homes issues. The Work Group is in the final stages of developing a federal “Strategy for Action” to advance healthy housing which will include radon as a priority environmental health hazard. The results of this work group will be available online for all to see in Fall 2010.

Update NCSL's Work on Radon

One of the top concerns regarding radon policy is the fact that there is no mandatory radon testing or mitigation laws. Rather, any requirement to test a house for radon or reduce radon hazards must come from the states (or in some instances, local jurisdictions). EPA does provide technical assistance to states in designing and developing a radon program, but it cannot mandate that a state take on such a program.

That being said, almost every state has established some sort of radon program. Several states require that radon tests be disclosed to buyers of a home, though none require testing be done. Tests are required for schools and in day care centers in many states. If high levels are detected, certain states require the mitigation of the radon hazard. Nineteen states require contractors who mitigate be certified, and 8 states adopted standards for radon-resistant new construction.

Radon Collateral Now Available

Dear Radon Leaders,

On a limited basis, radon stakeholders are invited to order free radon collateral to supplement 2011 National Radon Action Month outreach activities and events. Orders will be processed by TV Access, a contractor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Regional, state and local government radon contacts are welcomed to place their order for radon collateral by December 3, 2010 via orders@tvaccess.com. If there is remaining collateral after December 3, 2010, then TV Access will begin filling orders from other radon stakeholders.

The maximum order for each radon stakeholder group (e.g., state and local radon programs, non-profit organizations, and radon professionals) comprises the following:

1 box of 480 post-its
1 box of 150 carpenter pencils + 20 lapel pins (house shape)
1 box with 175 pens + 20 lapel pins (rectangular)