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User Friendly Minnesota Public Health Tracking Website Presents Radon Data

by Margaret Henderson

The Minnesota Department of Health hosts a website featuring the Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking (MN Tracking) Program. This user-friendly website presents radon data from 2000-2014 with charts and an interactive map presenting data from specified time periods.

Charts note that the average radon level in Minnesota (4.6 pCi/L), which is above the EPA recommended action level. Because the Minnesota soil has high levels of radon and home heating systems draw in radon gas and increase the indoor air concentrations of radon, the department notes Minnesota has a serious health issue with radon.

On the county level, approximately 78% of Minnesotan counties have average radon levels in the highest category, exceeding 4 pi/L. Another chart shows average radon concentrations changing with seasons, ranging from 5.1 pCi/L in winter to 3.9 pCi/L in summer.

New York State Radon Program - Reminder of Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting

A reminder from New York State Radon Program ---

Attached is the agenda and registration information for our upcoming annual Stakeholder Meeting. We will be offering vendor space this year, $75 per table. Please contact us at 518-402-7556 if you have questions regarding the meeting and/or registration. Payments for registration or vendor space can be sent to our address, attention: Anthony Barna.

We have included new speakers this year who will be presenting on relevant topics. Please join us on October 27th at the Traditions at the Glen, 4104 Watson Blvd, Johnson City NY.

Florida’s Powerful Data Tool Provides Test Results

by Margaret Henderson

Florida Department of Health’s Radon and Indoor Air Program provides powerful search capabilities on its website for radon test results by zip code as well as by facility type.

Radon data by zip code is available through a request function. See http://adminappsdoh35.doh.state.fl.us/radon/default.aspx
The user may enter up to five zip codes at a time for searching the database. Source of the data is two-fold:
• from monthly reports by state certified radon measurement businesses; and
• from compliance reports by facilities required to test for radon under Florida Statute 404.056.

The department does caution that data does not represent a scientific or statistical survey and should be interpreted with caution and that testing is the only way to determine if excessive radon levels exist.

Iowa Uses a Series of YouTube Videos to Educate about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Program includes in its website reference list a series of videos about radon produced by the department. According to the website, Iowa is entirely a Zone 1 state, Zone 1 being the EPA designation for locations where radon concentrations are expected to exceed 4 pCi/L, the recommended action level. A Zone 1 state means that at least 50% of the homes are above the recommended level. The Iowa Radon Survey has indicated that Iowa has the largest percentage (or 71.6%) of homes above the action level of 4pCi/L.

The department emphasizes the importance of public health education and guidance by providing consumer guidance, including the video series. The series includes:

How Do I Test?
How Radon Enters Your Home
What is Radon?
Why is Radon A Problem?
Radon: What Do My Test Results Mean?
What is Radon Mitigation?
Is Your Radon Mitigation System Installed Correctly and Working Properly?



Attention: Stakeholders, Radon Mitigation Contractors


This is to inform you that on October 19, 2016 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Radiation Program will be conducting a rulemaking hearing regarding the proposed new Part 21 rule titled “Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance (LIRMA) Program”. Refer to the attached Notice of Public Rulemaking and the information and website(s) below for further details on the proposed rule and public hearing.

During the 2016 Colorado legislative session, the state legislature passed House Bill HB

California Publishes New Radon Potential Report and Map of Orange County

By Margaret Henderson

Efforts of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Indoor Radon Program, through an interagency agreement with the California Department of Conservation and California Geological Survey (CGS), have resulted in the development of the 2015 radon potential zone map for Orange County. A 113 page, comprehensive report documents the map’s development. Radon potential maps developed by CGS for the CDPH-Indoor Radon Program show areas where, based on geologic conditions, radon concentrations in homes are predicted to exceed 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level.

2016 Updates from the Connecticut Radon Program

Contributed by Lynn Hudak, Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)

A 2016 update from the Connecticut Radon Program includes news about promotions, education, media outreach, National Radon Action Month, test kit distribution and other important topics.

The annual “Radon Measurement in Connecticut Schools” course was held in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 12, 2016. This one-half day course is mandatory for individuals to be eligible to conduct radon measurement in Connecticut public schools. This training is a National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) and American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) [AARST-NRPP] approved radon training course. Four (4) continuing education units (CEUs) were available after successful completion of the course.

Announcement and Invitation 26th National Radon Training Conference

Announcement and Invitation
26th National Radon Training Conference
September 18 – September 21, 2016
Paradise Point
San Diego, California

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) is sponsoring this conference and training with financial assistance from Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The conference provides sessions on special interests and continuing education and technical issues with an agenda featuring speakers from across the U.S.

Visit the website for registration and agenda information. http://crcpd.org/Radon_2016.aspx

Contact for registration:
Mendy Cremeans, 502/227-4543, Ext. 2225

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