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South Dakota Informs Public about Radon through Education

by Margaret Henderson

The radon potential in South Dakota in more than half of the counties of the state corresponds with USEPA Zone 1 designation where expected values exceed 4 pCi/L. The remainder of the state is categorized as Zone 2 where levels are expected to be between 2 – 4 pCi/L.

With potential for radon exposure throughout the state, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Indoor Radon Program provides educational materials and information for the public to encourage testing and mitigation.

The department’s website presents the “National Radon Test” to give some basic understanding of radon to the public. https://denr.sd.gov/des/aq/radontest.aspx

Radon potential by county is shown in a map that identifies counties and their corresponding potential levels, based on data collected from the 1980s to the present. https://denr.sd.gov/des/aq/aarad.aspx#SouthDakotaLevels

Delaware Presents Radon Rights, Risks and Remedies

by Margaret Henderson

Home buyers in Delaware have the right to know about prior radon testing and test results if their home has been tested. This information is provided through a disclosure form. To provide homeowners with information on their rights, risks and remedies with respect to radon levels in the home, the Division of Public Health has created a helpful publication.

CRCPD Board Names New Chair of E-25 Committee on Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Chrystine (Chrys) Kelley, of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), has been confirmed as Chair of the CRCPD E-25 Committee on Radon by the CRCPD Board.

Chrys has served as the Radon Program Manager of the CDPHE for since 2005. During that time, the Radon Program has developed the Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program, hosted numerous meetings for stakeholders and the public, and seen the adoption of Appendix F, for radon resistant new construction, in numerous Colorado cities and counties.

As Chair of the Committee, Chrys will be involved in planning and assisting in the coordination of the 29th Annual Radon Training Conference, as well as addressing the charges of the Committee, some of which are to:

* Review and comment on draft and existing publications.

* Provide input to USEPA on the National Advertising Campaign and other public awareness activities, as requested.

CRCPD Names Bruce Snead as Radon Hero

Photograph: Bruce Snead, with Kansas State University and Josh Kerber, with the Minnesota Radon Program.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.
Radon Hero Award Presented to Bruce Snead

Bruce Snead is recognized for his leadership and dedication to reducing radon exposure over the last thirty years. The magnitude of reduction in exposure to radon which has resulted from the ongoing efforts of Bruce is immeasurable. This is because the impacts are not only through his own personal efforts for more than thirty years working directly in radon programs, but also from the efforts of each and every person [numbering at least in the thousands] he has trained and assisted across the nation during that time, all of whom have passed the knowledge and skills learned from Bruce on to others.

New York Stakeholder Meeting Summary

Contributed by Cynthia Stephenson

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on October 25, 2018, at the Traditions at the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 53 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, and radon testers and mitigators.

The keynote address was presented by Ronald Hublall, M.D., on the topic of “Avoiding Lung Cancer: Improving the Air We Breathe.” His address was impactful and moving. Using a case study from Illinois of a father who is a non-smoker and has a young son that has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung carcinoma, the presentation reinforced the importance of radon testing in the home.

Additional speakers presented on:

* radon and the real estate transaction

* continuous radon monitoring, testing and equipment calibration

* NYS regulations for the Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP)

* radon testing and mitigation for contractors

Minnesota Posts Upcoming Training Opportunities at Locations in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its radon licensing page with additional training information. The updates include upcoming classroom trainings to be held in Minnesota. These classroom training courses provide opportunities to complete required training.

Licensing requirements for measurement and mitigation professionals are detailed on the website and the professional classifications are defined as:

* Measurement professionals: an individual who places and retrieves test device in buildings they do not own or lease.

* Mitigation professionals: an individual who installs or designs a radon mitigation system in a building they do not own or lease, or provides on-site supervision of mitigation work.

Measurement professionals must:

* Complete an initial radon measurement training course.

* Pass a radon measurement examination.

Mitigation professionals must:

* Complete an approved radon measurement course.

Colorado Free Radon Mitigation Systems Offered Yearly

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hopes to give up to 100 families free radon mitigation systems each year. This assistance is provided through the Department’s Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program as directed by statute. The goal of the initiative is to provide a safe living environment with respect to indoor air for low income households.

The Program is designed for persons who own their own home and are Colorado residents. Low-income households (defined uniquely to each Colorado County) that have tested properly and have results exceeding 4pCi/L qualify.

Policies and procedures for applying and obtaining funding are given in the manual https://environmentalrecords.colorado.gov/HPRMWebDrawerHM/Recordview/399385

A brochure with more detail is attached.

For more information, contact:

Chrystine Kelley

Radon Program Coordinator

Nevada Radon Program Outreach to Building and Realty Trades

Nevada’s Radon Education Program provides outreach to groups and individuals to raise awareness and provide assistance about radon issues. In May of 2018, the Nevada Organization of Building Officials held its annual meeting and heard a presentation by Susan Howe of the Radon Education Program. Twenty-five members attended and heard her remarks about health risks, mitigation process and the International Residential Code (IRC) Appendix F for radon control methods. Howe, a member of the IRC Amendment Committee for Northern Nevada, serves as the committee’s secretary. Attendees at her presentation to the Building Officials were interested in future educational opportunities for builders, city and county policymakers, and the general public.

ANSI/AARST Public Review of revised home measurement standards (MAH). Deadline for comments is December 3rd, 2018

Due to worldwide changes in internet security that may block you from receiving other broadcasted notices, additional notifications of standards activities will begin to also be posted here.

Public Review Announcement
Currently published for public review is MAH: Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Homes

Updates to this standard include:
1) Improved clarity on the difference between guidance commentary and mandatory requirements. As such, improvements for clarity are found throughout this document; and

2) Content that might be considered new:
- harmonization of structure and new layouts,
- harmonization with recent revisions from other ANSI/AARST standards,
- Improved clarity on test durations and locations,
- Improved clarity for when test results disagree, and
- Improved clarity on professional requirements such as qualifications, onsite documentation and reporting.

Colorado Poster Contest Accepting Entries: Deadline November 30, 2018

Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment Radon Program has announced its 2019 Radon Poster Contest.

Colorado children ages 9-14 are eligible. They can be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, or home school; or through a sponsoring club, such as an art, computer, reading or science club; scouting organization; or 4-H club. The top three winners will receive a gift certificate: $300 for first place student, $200 for second, $100 for third. The top three winners’ posters will also be entered in the national poster contest. The teachers of the top three students will each receive a $100 gift certificate.

The goal of the poster contest is to raise awareness to radon and its health significance. Entries are due by November 30, 2018. The required form for entries may be found at http://www.coloradoradon.info

Entries should be submitted to:

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment