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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)

Call to Action: Join a National Radon Standards Workgroup

As you know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has committed to invest funding to support the development of several critical national radon standards. While we have (limited) funding to support this, we do not have deep staff expertise, and the radon community needs your help. As a dedicated member of the professional radon community, we invite you to participate in one of four workgroups on the following topics:

  • Mitigation in schools
  • Measurement in schools
  • Laboratory quality
  • Multifamily housing mitigation

Each workgroup will be small and will be asked to write, review and revise the standards as needed. We anticipate a commitment from 9-18 months, of about 6-8 hours each month.

For more information, contact Jani Palmer at palmer.janise@epa.gov.

Prescription for Radon, A Medical Forum

Around the nation there have been a variety of forums. After attending the 2007 USEPA Contractor Radon Conference in Columbus, Ohio, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Radon Program and the American Lung Association (ALA) of the Upper Midwest planned what we hoped would be the first medical forum. With funding and assistance from USEPA, the Illinois Thoracic Society, MURC, and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and several other partners, we forged ahead.

The purpose of the project was to create a repeatable event that would offer continuing education to medical professionals where they would learn about the connection between radon and lung cancer. It was our thought that those that treat victims of lung cancer were not hearing the radon message and the conference was one answer to that issue.

National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes

One More Week! Sign Up Today!
November 4-21, 2010

How can we integrate efforts and overcome barriers to make homes healthy, safe, and energy efficient?

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and the National Academy of Public Administration are hosting an online dialogue to engage stakeholders from across the country to examine ideas and leading practices for making low- to moderate-income homes healthier, safer and more energy efficient.

In preparation for the Dialogue, we would like to ask you to do four things to help us spread the word about The National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes:

1. Sign up! The Dialogue will launch on November 4th. Until then, you can sign up to receive email updates at www.GreenAndHealthyHomesDialogue.org.

2. Promote the Dialogue! Consider emailing your organization's contacts inviting them to participate in the Dialogue, or placing an announcement on your organization's website or in a newsletter.

A Message from Members of CanSAR

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Radon Message at the Rally to Restore Sanity

A radon message was sanely present at the Rally to Restore Sanity, held in Washington, D.C., on October 30, 2010. The Rally was hosted by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

National Radon Poster Contest on www.Challenge.gov

Starting Wednesday, September 15, 2010, the National Radon Poster Contest is on www.Challenge.gov. Challenge.gov is an online challenge platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with ChallengePost that empowers the U.S. Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation’s most pressing challenges. This platform is the latest milestone in the Administration’s committment to use prizes and challenges to promote innovation.

Visit http://challenge.gov/epa/67-national-radon-poster-contest-2011 to view the Challenge.gov National Radon Poster contest page. Access a summary of the poster contest, as well as a discussion forum and blog.

A Trusted Source of Information- Nurses and Radon Education

My Aunt Sue has been a nurse for about thirty years. While I was growing up my whole family would ask her opinion when we had a cough, cold, scrape, or unknown. Because of her profession we implicitly trusted her advice. I think many of us have the family-member, friend, or relative who is a nurse that we turn to for advice regarding our health because, quite simply, we trust nurses.

This is why reaching out to the nursing community is an integral part of radon education and outreach. Nurses are a very knowledgeable, approachable, and capable group of radon stakeholders that usually are more than willing to help share the message. As radon program officers, we simply need to know how to assist them in educating patients.

Kentucky HB Radon Licensure Bill Passes Vote

Kentucky HB 247 for Licensure of Radon Contractors made it through its 3 rd reading and passed 37-0 on March 2nd! Language in the bill waschanged as it went through the House and Senate. More details on how this bill will affect the State Program and Radon Professionals will follow in the next couple of weeks. Overall, it is positive that Radon Contractors will now be required to be licensed.

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11RS/HB247.htm