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ANNOUNCEMENT from The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards - Radon Standards Update & Request for Volunteers

The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards

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Radon Standards Update & Request for Volunteers from The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards

FYI: Multifamily Measurement protocols will be posted for a 45 day public review beginning within a few weeks

FYI: Device Performance Protocol formal deliberations over draft content commence within a few weeks.


Model Code for Radon Reduction Features in One- and Two- Family Dwellings. Designation CCAH (Construction Codes for Airborne radon in Homes)

Radon Reflections at the EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Symposium

January is National Radon Action Month, or NRAM. Read more about EPA’s radon activities and what others are doing to reduce their radon exposure.

Each year, EPA’s Indoor Environments Division hosts an indoor air quality, or IAQ, symposium in Washington D.C. This year’s 10th IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium took place January 14 to 16 — during National Radon Action Month. As a scientist for EPA’s Center for Radon and Air Toxics, naturally I was delighted to have the opportunity to present radon information at the symposium.

Radon Featured @ IAQ Tools for Schools Symposium

From start to finish radon awareness and risk reduction were prominent themes. A good time was had by all!

Diagnosis: Cognitive Dissonance. Why isn’t the medical community counseling patients about radon?

As a recent medical journal article said, “Counseling around unhealthy or risky behaviors is an important communication skill that should be part of health care visits.” That is why radon professionals believe that doctors should be talking to their patients about the dangers of radon exposure. Yet we know that physician-patient discussions about radon are not routine. In fact, they are rare. In this blog, I want to explore this apparent contradiction, which looks like a case of cognitive dissonance. In later blogs, we will try to explain the reasons for this situation, and also look at what doctors could or should be telling patients about radon. Perhaps most importantly, I hope we can discuss how to work effectively with the medical community and what physicians should be saying about radon.

To set the stage, let’s start with six or seven simple facts.

Health fairs and Green info shows

Castle Home Inspection LLC of New Hampton, IA is sponsoring a booth at these events to promote Radon Awareness in North East Iowa. As an Iowa licensed RMS we are encouraging citizens in the area to build radon resistant homes and test in existing homes. We will present literature and raffle off a free radon test conducted by our specialist with a RADALINK CRM.

The Go Green Show will be on January 31st in Waverly Iowa at Wartburg College Campus.

The Health Fair will be held on February 7th in New Hampton Iowa at the Trinity Lutheran Church on 223 S Water Ave.

For more information contact us at jim@castleinspectionllc.net

Call for Papers - 6th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work

It is a great pleasure for us to invite you to attend the 6th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work which will be held at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague from September 13th till 17th, 2010.
The main topic of the Conference is “Radon as an information carrier”.

This letter is the first announcement (please, see the attachment) and call for papers.
For detailed and up-to-date information, please, follow the Conference web site:

The preceding 5th Conference on Protection against Radon at Home and at Work held in the year 2007 had 80 registered participants from twenty-five countries all over the world. The participants represented a wide range of fields of work related to radon issues: scientists who have dedicated most of their professional life to radon measurement and/or theory, geologists, civil engineers, and epidemiologists.

Eddie's Story, Relay for Life, and Team Radon!

The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay for Life of Fletcher, North Carolina is having its KICK OFF this Saturday, January 23 1:00-3:00 p.m. The Keynote Speaker will be Eddie Metcalfe, who is featured in the award-winning PSA, "Eddie's Story".

Team Radon Captain, Sydney Price, will be there to assist in signing up new members for Team Radon. Rumor has it that Radon Tee may be somewhere in the crowd too!

Although the official Relay for Life of Fletcher is still months away, the KICK OFF is an exciting way to build momentum and teamwork that will be required to top last year's funding raising totals, which exceeded $100,000! We hope that all the radon folks in the area will come out to meet Eddie and see what the Relay for Life is all about. Once you've become a part of the Relay, we're sure you'll be hooked!

Cincinnati's Fox 19 Features Radon Awareness

Ohio Association of Radon Professionals (OARP), president Alexia Workman was a guest on Cincinnati's Fox Affiliate. In addition, Debra Rebensdorf, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer bravely shared her story and encouraged all watching to test their home for radon. The story aired Sunday, Jan. 10- Monday, Jan 11.

Check it out!
view the video: http://www.fox19.com/Global/story.asp?S=11799114
read the story (below):
Testing your home for Radon
Posted: Jan 10, 2010 10:02 PM EST Updated: Jan 11, 2010 7:48 AM EST
By Dan Wells
CINCINNATI (FOX19) – January is National Radon Month, and it's aimed at making you aware about the affects of Radon and how to prevent it in your home.
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health.

Call for Papers - 2010 International Radon Symposium

AARST’s 20th International Radon Symposium will provide an opportunity to share ideas and to facilitate a worldwide exchange of information regarding radon in air, water and soils. AARST welcomes the participation of members of the scientific and medical community, radon testers, diagnosticians, mitigators, educators, public policy leaders and business leaders as well as consumers, both nationally and internationally.

Abstracts Your abstract should convey in 150 words or less the essence of the intended paper, clearly indicating the contribution it will make. Abstracts will be screened by the Symposium Program Committee.

Original research, including policy and business-related papers, are especially encouraged in the following areas:

  • Cost-effectiveness of radon policy and program options
  • Radon risk assessment including

-Radon measurement techniques and protocols

  • Radon devices

Radon: What the Public and Policy Makers Need to Know

I meant to send this to everyone earlier. Our own staff along with our colleagues at the Clean Indoor Air Partnership, the American Lung Association, the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals, and the Northern Kentucky Radon Coalition have put in a lot of hard work over the last year to get this booklet printed. Thank you Ellen Hahn, Betsy Janes, Heather Robertson, Mike Bossick, Erin Paul, Jon McGee, Sarah Kercsmar, Jennifer Mason, Heather Robbins, and Kyle Hoylman!

The document is focused on:

1) what the public needs to know about radon as well as;
2) the policy and existing laws associated with radon in our state and other states.