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Michigan’s Indoor Radon Program

Contributed by Aaron Berndt

The Michigan Indoor Radon Program’s primary focus is on outreach and testing. The program has two major partners in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and local health departments. MAB broadcasts over 18,000 public service announcements statewide for the Radon Program around Radon Action Month in January. The Radon Program has distributed over 18,000 test kits already this year along with various other outreach materials to the local health departments. This is instrumental in raising awareness locally in their communities and to increase radon testing in homes.

Program Staff participates in many outreach events statewide every year including but not limited to:
• various state and national conferences;
• home shows;
• local health department outreach events;
• annual meetings; and
• continuing education training sessions for realtors, appraisers, and home inspectors.

Massachusetts Uses FAQ Sheets in Four Languages to Communicate with Public

by Margaret Henderson

To explain what Massachusetts residents need to know about radon and health, the Radon Assessment Unit of the Department of Public Health uses FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheets. See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/environmental/iaq/radon-fact-sheet-2016.pdf

According to the department, an estimated 650,000 homes have radon levels that exceed the EPA action guideline of 4 pCi/L. Approximately 34,000 homes in Massachusetts are estimated to have radon levels that exceed 20 pCi/L.

This information, including how radon gets into the home, the health effects of radon, the significance of radon to Massachusetts residents, testing opportunities and how radon can be reduced in the home are addressed through FAQ sheets. This information is given in four languages:

  • English
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish

New York State/EPA Region 2/Central NY Coalition Radon Partners/Stakeholders Meeting October 27, 2016

New York State/EPA Region 2/Central NY Coalition
Radon Partners/Stakeholders Meeting
October 27, 2016

Attached documents provide the agenda information and registration guidance for the New York State/EPA Region 2/Central NY Coalition Radon Partners/Stakeholders Meeting to be held October 27, 2016

Registrations are being accepted at:
NYSDOH – BERP
Radon Program
Corning Tower

Registration Fee: $30

Vendor Space: $75 per table

Please Contact Anthony Barna @ 518-402-7556 for more information.

Missouri Uses Videos, Art and Instruction to Advise Residents about Radon

By Margaret Henderson

Based on EPA data, Missouri has 11 counties that are expected to exceed the 4pCi/L indoor air concentration, the EPA recommended action level. Another 97 counties are expected to have between 2 and 4 pCi/L. The remaining seven counties are expected to have less than 2pCi/L.

With the majority of counties having possible radon levels exceeding action levels, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides radon information to the public through its website featuring videos, art and instructions.

The website has provided detailed information and an opportunity for free radon test kits for MIssouri residents. See https://health.mo.gov/living/environment/radon/testkit.php.
Videos on the website, both in English and Spanish, give instruction. A selection of written documents provide:

  • Radon Testing Instructions
  • Radon Risk Charts

The Utah Experience: Facebook is an inexpensive, educational, and effective way to promote radon awareness videos

by Margaret Henderson

Source: Poster - A Cost-Effective Approach: Using Social Media to Promote a Cancer Prevention Video, by Donna Branson, BA; Jeff Yancey, PhD, CHES; Garrett Harding, BS; and Wallace Akerley, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. The posted was awarded best poster designation at the International Cancer Education Conference in October 2015.

In January 2015, the Huntsman Cancer Institute Patient and Public Education Department collaborated with the Utah Cancer Control Program, Utah Department of Environmental Quality Radon Program and other organizations on a radon awareness campaign. Three primary media platforms were used:
• radio advertising;
• website banner advertising; and
• Facebook boosted posts.

West Virginia’s Radon Program Activities

Contributed by Jason Frame, B.S. R.T. (R), Program Chief

The West Virginia Radon Program focuses on public outreach and education on the potential negative health effects of radon gas exposure. This is accomplished through informational presentations, electronic and print media, free radon kit distribution, and organizational partnerships. The program also is mandated by state code §18-9E-3. Air quality in new schools to test new schools for radon upon initial construction and every five years afterward.

The program receives approximately 900 annual contacts by email, phone and in writing. These contacts range from citizens seeking help with radon detection and mitigation within their homes to radon professional seeking licensure to work in West Virginia.

Minnesota Department of Health Posts Possible Rules Governing Licensing of Radon

Minnesota Department of Health

This message is to inform you that a revised Request for Comments has been published in the State Register and is posted along with the revised Minnesota Licensing Act (statute) an updated draft of the Radon Licensing Rules on the MDH webpage here: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rulemaking/rulesindex.html

Interested persons or groups may submit comments or information on these possible rules in writing until further notice is published in the State Register that the Department intends to adopt or to withdraw the rules. The Department will not publish a notice of intent to adopt the rules until more than 60 days have elapsed from the date of this request for comments. The Department has convened an advisory committee to comment on the possible rules.

A copy of the State Register posting follows:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Certifies and Inspects

by Anita Kopera and Margaret Henderson

In 1986, a statute was passed to establish radon certification for persons working in New Jersey. Regulations were implemented in 1991 for radon testing and mitigation certification. Since that time, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Section has operated a program for certification of radon professionals and businesses. The program certifies approximately 700 individuals and 32 businesses. The certification includes six categories:

Business Certification
1. Certified Radon Mitigation Business
2. Certified Radon Measurement Business

Professional Certification
1. Certified Radon Measurement Specialist
2. Certified Radon Measurement Technician
3. Certified Radon Mitigation Specialist
4. Certified Radon Mitigation Technician

Businesses interested in New Jersey certification should review the New Jersey

Radon Initiatives in “A Call to Action North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2014-2020”

by Margaret Henderson

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Radiation Protection Section, in partnership with the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control, has provided input regarding developing priority areas and implementation strategies for the North Carolina cancer plan.

Radon initiatives have been included in the plan, “A Call to Action North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2014-2020,” with the goal of implementation during 2016.

Opportunity to Comment - Colorado's Proposed Low Income Radon Assistance Program Regulation

Source: Reprinted from Colorado Department of Health notification

The Radiation Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviornment is seeking comments on a proposed new regulation - Part 21 - necessary to implement the Colorado Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program. The rule will help to provide financial assistance for the installation of radon mitigation systems in qualified low income owner occupied homes. The rule is being proposed as a result of recent legislation (House Bill HB 16-1141) put forth during the 2016 Colorado legislative session.

Please refer to the Part 21 website for further information:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rad-regs-stakeholder-processes

This new regulation will determine the process for a new monetary assistance program to fund radon mitigation systems in qualified owner-occupied low income homes.