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Working With Real Estate Professionals in Illinois

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Melinda Lewis, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

There is no law requiring that a radon test be performed on residential properties. However, the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act requires sellers to disclose known radon levels of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or more. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has designated 4.0 pCi/L as the action level, the level at which mitigation is recommended to reduce indoor radon levels.

The Illinois Real Property Disclosure Act of 1993 included radon disclosure on a checklist that states “I am aware of unsafe concentrations of radon on the premises.”

Save the Date of January 11, 2018, for the Next MDH and NS-AARST Stakeholder Meeting

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in partnership with the North Star Chapter of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (NS-AARST) ask you to Save the Date of January 11, 2018 for the next MDH and NS-AARST Stakeholder meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Who: Minnesota Radon Stakeholders including measurement and mitigation professionals, health officials and partners

What: First MDH Stakeholder Meeting of 2018

Where: Blaine Fire Department - 11920 Ulysses St NE, Blaine, MN 55434

When: Thursday January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

This will be very similar to the past Radon Stakeholder meetings and NRPP Continuing Education Credits will be made available to those who need them. We will be applying for 6 hours of Category 1 type hours. Lunch will be provided, but a registration fee may be charged by NS-AARST to cover the cost of lunch and snacks.

New Mexico’s Indoor Radon Outreach Program

by Margaret Henderson

New Mexico Environment Department Radiation Control Bureau operates the “Indoor Radon Outreach Program” in order to provide public education about the health risk of radon gas, and information on methods for mitigating excess indoor radon. The Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Arizona Guidance on Radon Mitigation

by Margaret Henderson

The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency has extensive information about Radon Mitigation at https://arra.az.gov/radon/about-radon/mitigation

While the radon incidence in Arizona is considered similar to the average nationwide, this means about 1 out of 15 homes may contain radon concentrations in excess of 4.0 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. Uranium mining was conducted in Arizona in the 1950s and 1960s, so the presence of uranium in the soil is well known and may result in radon concerns for homeowners. The amount of uranium and radium in the soils may vary statewide and the only way to know the indoor radon level is to test, the Agency encourages.

To offer guidance on what to do if elevated levels are found, the Agency has assembled information on its website to address:

All Homes Can be Fixed
How do I treat radon?
Crawl Spaces
Slab-on-Grade Homes
Drainage Systems
Under Slab Ductwork
Air Filtration Systems

Educating North Carolina Brokers About Radon

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Corean Hamlin, Director of Education and Licensing, North Carolina Real Estate Commission

The mission of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission is to protect the public interest in real estate brokerage transactions, and radon is an issue of public interest in the state. Homes in all 100 counties in North Carolina have had test results revealing high levels of radon.

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.

Educating Realtors in Utah About Radon

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Eleanor Divver, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Radon Coordinator

In Utah, the buyers due diligence checklist includes radon. Reference the Utah Association of Realtors at https://pscdocs.utah.gov/electric/16docs/16035T13/290524ExBBuyerDueDiligChecklist11-29-2016.pdf

The disclosure states:

Working With Real Estate Professionals in Minnesota

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Scott Arcand, Radon Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=144.496) disclosure requirements include a radon warning statement with the language:

Radon Warning Statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator.

Washington Tracking Network Includes Geology Layer With Radon Data Mapping

by Margaret Henderson

The Washington State Department of Health website provides the Washington Tracking Network (WTN), A Source for Environmental Public Health Data, that includes radon data and allows selection of geology as a map layer. Test results from 1989-2016 are provided and can be viewed as “number of houses tested” or “test results.” An additional map layer may be added to show geology statewide, or by county or census tract. The geology layer is another means to encourage testing each residence, even though test results in the area may not have elevated radon levels.

The geology layer indicates the surface geology and the potential for radon exposures to be high, medium or low. The levels, which categorized 57,000 identifiable rock and soil types, are defined as:

  • High - geology contains uranium, or has rock types known to contain uranium.

Where We Live, Work and Play—Radon Partnership in Utah

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Nikki Campbell, Environmental Public Health Tracking, Utah Department of Health

In cooperation with and funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) had built the data networks and local tracking program needed to provide radon data to the public.

The available radon data portals are a publicly-accessible repository of radon data:
• Utah: http://epht.health.utah.gov
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/