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Updated EPA Radon Website and Other Updates

Hello everyone,

We've been busy improving our radon website - please visit our redesigned landing page, and our new
radon-resistant new construction (RRNC) web pages.

Also, there have been personnel changes in the Office and Division that you may not have heard about. Tom Kelly has stepped up to become Director (Acting) for the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) (replacing Elizabeth Cotsworth) until a permanent replacement is chosen. Tom's move resulted in Dave Rowson moving up to become Director (Acting) of the Indoor Environments Division (IED). In turn, Dave's move resulted in Alisa Smith assuming the Directorship (Acting) of the Center for Asthma and Schools (CAS). Our best wishes to all of them in their new roles.

Radon and Residential Real Estate: Measuring Success & Fine-Tuning Your Efforts to Deliver the Most Radon Risk Reduction

How can you measure success or fine-tune your efforts to deliver the most radon risk reduction?

In my last blog, I laid out some ideas about how to work with agents, brokers and others to bring radon into the residential real estate transaction in a way that benefits both consumers and agents. I suggested that radon leaders should engage real estate agents and brokers directly, especially through continuing education courses. In this blog, I want to take up the issue of how to measure success – that is, how to figure out if you are making progress and helping achieve real radon risk reduction and how to adjust your efforts if you find that they are not getting the results you would like.

Information on the cost of lung cancer

The EPA Publication "The Cost of Illness Handbook" is available on line at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/coi/ and it has a section on lung cancer cost.

Attached are two articles that Dr. Bill Field recently shared on the cost of lung cancer.

If we don't find funding to mitigate the homes of low income citizens with very high radon, it will eventually cost us more when we have to pay Medicaid taxes to pay for their treatments while they are dying.

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Thinking About Your Web Strategy: What is Search Engine Optimization?

One of the keys to improving site traffic is to optimize your site for search engines. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making small changes to your site's content and architecture that make it more readable to search engine "spiders" - the automated tools that are constantly scanning the Internet for new content. By optimizing, your site will appear as high as possible in search listings.

Thinking About Your Web Strategy: Demystifying Web Analytics

The success of your online advocacy efforts can be determined by analyzing reports of your web site's traffic. By looking at the number of daily site visits over a period of time, it is easy to determine which aspects of your site marketing plan are driving users toward your site content. To get started, you'll need a software package for reporting the traffic data. Your technology support department may already provide access to a reporting tool which analyzes traffic based on web server logs, such as Webalizer, Analog, or AWstats.

Fort Collins, CO Study: Effectiveness of Passive Radon Reduction System in New Fort Collins Homes

I wanted to make this study available to the RadonLeaders.org community.

The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of radon-resistant new construction (RRNC) in a Colorado Front Range community. Please find the study attached below.

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Radon Radio at the NCSL Conference in Philadelphia, PA

The National Safety Council, AARST, and EPA sponsored a booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Philadelphia, PA July 20-24. As in past years legislators were asked to record short radio public service announcements to educate their constituents about radon; this year’s efforts beat all previous records with more than 150 legislators recording PSAs. Recordings will be sent to the legislators and their local radio stations to air during January, National Radon Action Month.

CDC's announces their Environmental Public Health Tracking Program - Links added

http://www.cdc.gov/ephtracking/ecard/launch/animation.html

Or go directly to:

http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showHome.action

But when one clicks on "Home" under "Environments" the only choices are lead and CO. No radon!

And, when one clicks on radon under Tracking A-Z Index there is no prevention info except for radon from water.

We need some help from someone with contacts at CDC to improve the radon content of their new Environmental Public Health Tracking site.

NPR Lung Cancer Story Fails to Mention Radon

I heard this story about lung cancer in non-smokers on NPR on the way to work today (6/29/09). Did they mention radon in any way, shape, or form? Nope.

You can listen to the full story at your convenience here.

You can also leave a comment and express your frustration that radon was not mentioned. This may be a way to generate future coverage on radon.

Mike Boothe
Johnson County Environmental Department
Olathe, KS

EPA Study: 2.2M live in areas where air poses cancer risk

A point which needs to be made again and again.... Take a look at the language on the county-by-county cancer risk map. "Environmental regulators generally consider an excess of 100 cancers per 1 million unacceptably high (that's 1 in 10,000 for those that don't want to do the math). So why is radon @ 7 per 1,000 the continuously unregulated/ignored contaminant? (A redundant question, but none-the-less frustrating!). A good point to make in presentations, etc. Just my thoughts.... Chrys



From USA TODAY By Brad Heath and Blake Morrison

The government's latest snapshot of air pollution across the nation shows residents of New York, Oregon and California faced the highest risk of developing cancer from breathing toxic chemicals.