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Annual NYSDOH Radon Stakeholder Revised Agenda and Extended Cutoff Date

We have extended our registration cut off date and revised the agenda for the meeting.

Registration Ends October 27, 2017

Please join us for the 2017 Annual NYSDOH Radon Stakeholder meeting to be held at the Traditions in Johnson City, NY on November 9, 2017.

The keynote address, The Radiobiology of Radon, will be presented by Guy Garty, Ph.D., Columbia University.

The American Association of Radiation Scientists and Technologists (AARST) will hold training days on Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th at the same location.

South Dakota Offers the Basics on Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Much of the eastern portion of South Dakota is classified as Zone 1, High Potential, where predicted radon concentrations would be greater than 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. The remainder of the state is classified as Zone 2, Moderate Potential, with levels predicted to be between 2 and 4 pCi/L. Radon test results, since the 1980s, have been collected and used to create a South Dakota “Radon Potential by County” map from comparisons with geological formations.

Due to the anticipated presence of radon in all of the state, the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources encourages testing as the only way to know what radon concentrations are in any home. The Department provides technical radon assistance and provides a webpage about radon with general information.

Included in the basic information on radon provided are sections on:

  • How to test;
  • Mitigation; and
  • Resource links.

Maine Radon Program Offers Real Estate Guidance

by Margaret Henderson

The Division of Environmental Health in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services provides radon guidance regarding real estate. Maine statistics indicate that one of three homes in Maine has elevated radon. Based on the USEPA radon mapping, all Maine counties fall into Zone 1 and Zone 2. There are 28 counties in Zone 1, High Potential, where an average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level, is predicted. Nine counties fall into Zone 2, Moderate Potential, where the predicted average indoor radon screening level is between 2 and 4 pCi/L. No counties are categorized as Zone 3, Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L predicted.

Save the Date: We hope to see you in Westminster, Colorado on April 19-20, 2018!

You are cordially invited to attend the EPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting. This meeting is being held at no cost for all those who have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in their homes, schools and businesses.

EPA Region 8 and its partners, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality, North Dakota Dept. of Health, South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Dept. of Health seek to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues and understand them from other perspectives, provide insight into the future, share, educate and network. We believe that meetings such as this will better provide all of us with ways to assist the public and reduce radon exposures.

“Protect Your Family From Radon: A Guide for New York State Residents"

by Margaret Henderson

The New York State Department of Health has published radon guidance in Protect Your Family From Radon: A Guide for New York State Residents. The publication, available in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded as a pdf brochure. https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3168.pdf

The guide is designed for individuals and families and provides basic information about radon. The publication includes a list of the 41 counties in New York that are considered high risk. (High risk indicates that radon levels are anticipated to exceed 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level.) The department website also provides detailed maps and tables of radon test results in all counties in New York.

New Jersey Radon Outreach Includes Guidance on Radioactivity in Drinking Water

by Margaret Henderson

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Section has developed outreach strategies to educate the public about radon risks. Radon information includes data on indoor radon test results collected over almost 30 years and guidance on radioactivity in water from private drinking water wells. Public interest in radon and the role of drinking water in increasing indoor radon have prompted detailed information on the prior testing and guidance on testing drinking water.

The Radon Section provides a Radon Potential Map (2015) that includes data on more than one million radon indoor tests, performed between 1985 through 2014. Levels exceeding 4 pCi/L, the recommended USEPA action level, have been found in every area of New Jersey, regardless of radon potential designed by the map.

Nebraska Offers Radon Mitigation Guidance

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, 59% of the test results indicated high radon levels (above 4 pCi/L). Homes with these levels should be reduced through mitigation based on the USEPA guidelines. Of 73,280 homes tested, the average result was 6 pCi/L.

Because Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes with more than half of radon tests in the state are above the action level of 4.0 pCi/L, the importance of mitigation is emphasized by the the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program. To explain about mitigation systems and radon resistant new construction, the program provides detailed discussion.

Iowa Department of Public Health Offers Guidance on Testing Child Care Centers for Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published radon testing protocols for child care centers. Instructions cover:
• Testing placement;
• Test results;
• Mitigation;
• Additional information; and
• Other resources.

Minnesota Announces Radon Partnership Workshops

Reprinted from an announcement of the Minnesota Department of Health

Radon Partnership Workshops
Learn more about radon to help your organization raise awareness in your community.
The workshop is intended for all levels of expertise, whether you’re a novices or expert on radon.

Who should attend:
Local public health agencies, non-profits, medical facilities, radon professionals
(CE credits available for registered sanitarians and nurses)

When and Where:

November 2, 2017 9 am-12 pm
MDH Mankato Office
12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2105
Mankato, MN

November 6, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
Hiway Federal Credit Union
111 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN

November 8, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
MDH St. Cloud Office
3333 West Division St, Suite 212
St. Cloud, MN

November 9, 2017 9 am – 12 pm
MDH Bemidji Office
705 – 5th St NW, Suite A
Bemidji, MN

Please register by email tina.leland@state.mn.us

Nebraska Uses Data, Publications and Audio Clips to Advise About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In Nebraska, one out of every two radon tests conducted yielded a high result. Fifty-nine per cent of the homes tested had positive results. Nebraska ranks third in the nation for having high radon levels. To assist the public in understanding radon, testing and the importance of mitigation, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon program provides radon data, maps, publications and audio clips.

Nebraska provides a summary of radon test data to encourage testing and mitigation and implementation radon-resistant building codes. Results are show in maps and tables, showing the zones where radon exceeds the USEPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Mapping the highest results by county indicates that much of the state has levels between 21-100 pCi/L. http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/RadonHighestResultByCounty.pdf