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Utah News Release Announces Radon Poster Contest

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality Radon Program has issued a news release about the 2020 Radon Poster Contest. The news release was published by KUTV.com locally at https://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-youngest-citizens-encourage-to-lead-the-way-in-radon-safety-with-poster-contest

The text of the release from the Radon Program follows.

NEWS RELEASE September 30, 2019

CONTACT Eleanor Divver Radon Coordinator

Office: 801-536-0091

Cell: 801-558-4053

edivver@utah.gov

Utah’s Youngest Citizens Leading Radon Awareness Campaign With National Radon Poster Contest

Ohio Updated Radon Data Downloads Available

by Margaret Henderson

The Ohio Department of Health has updated its radon data as of August 2019. The data and maps are available for download.

Maps are based on the Detailed Radon Zip Code County Statistics that include:

· Number of radon tests done

· Maximum radon concentration

· Minimum radon concentration

· Arithmetic mean radon concentration

· Geometric mean radon concentration

· Standard deviation

· Median radon concentration

Geometric Means Indoor Radon Concentrations in zip code areas of each Ohio’s 88 counties have been updated as of August 2019 as well. Each map shows the variations of mean radon concentration. Concentrations are divided into 02-, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and greater than 10 pCi/L.

Radon data is available at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/radon-education-and-licensing-program/radon-data/county-maps

Radon is a Topic for the Nevada Field Day on October 19

As part of its outreach and education efforts regarding radon, the University of Nevada, Reno, Radon Education Program, is participating in the Nevada Field Day, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT.

The event is for all-ages and provides free activities, giveaways, tasty food samples and more events that are designed to highlight scientific breakthroughs in: • health & nutrition • children, youth & families • biochemistry & molecular biology • community & economic development • natural resources & environmental science • agriculture, horticulture, rangeland & veterinary sciences

Educational outreach includes topics on radon in the home, along with a wide range of subjects surrounding healthy living, animals and agriculture, funding opportunities and various agricultural topics.

Nevada Video Informs about Radon Testing

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Education Program has produced a video on radon and testing a home for radon. The video begins with a comparative chart of radon health risks and the EPA Radon Zone Map and Map of Nevada Radon Levels. The EPA suggest that 1 in 15 homes in the US has an elevated radon level and in Nevada, test results have indicated that 1 in 4 homes has elevated radon levels.

Megan Long with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program narrates the video and discusses the dangers of radon, how radon may occur and how to test a home. She explains the effects of radioactive particles on lungs, how radon gets into a home and the particular of testing for radon. Ms. Long demonstrates how to test a home, and explains the use of screening testing and interpretation of test results.

Nebraska Uses Map Series to Inform Public About Radon

by Margaret Henderson

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services advises that Nebraska has a very high incidence of elevated radon levels in homes. Half of the tests taken have had results greater than the recommended action level of 4 pCi/L.

In order to aid the public in understanding the incidence of elevated radon levels throughout the state, a series of maps have been provided.

The maps show:

· Average radon concentrations by county - showing that a majority of the counties in Nebraska have radon levels exceeding 4 pCi/L;

· Highest radon results by county – showing that seven counties have results more than 100 pCi/L; and

· Number of homes tested by county – showing that three counties have more than 2000 homes tested.

See the radon maps at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Radon-Data.aspx

IAEA Safety Report on "Design and Conduct of Indoor Radon Surveys"

A new IAEA Safety Report entitled “Design and Conduct of Indoor Radon Surveys” is now available.

California Radon Program Provides Resources to Health Care Providers

by Margaret Henderson

California Department of Public Health Indoor Radon Program features resources for health care providers regarding radon exposure and health consequences. The Program encourages physicians to ask their patients about radon exposure and testing.

A link is given for Breathing Easier - Iowa Cancer Consortium, stating that the website “is an incredible resource for Health Care Practitioners and includes videos, brochure templates, and a curated list of research and published articles.”

Featured videos on the website are by the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and a webinar by Dr. Bill Fields on radon and lung cancer.

An additional reference given is to the archives on the Radon Toxicity Case Study. This is available through the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Case Studies in Environmental Medicine Program.

Additional resources for physicians are provided from the American Lung Association and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kansas Radon Newsletter, August 2019, Provides News to the Public

by Margaret Henderson

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Radon Program has published its August 2019 Kansas Radon Newsletter. The Newsletter provides information and current events, including a notice on the International Radon Symposium (held early September in Denver). Announcements on training are included regarding the radon entry-level and continuing education training to the Kansas radon industry that Kansas State offers. Information on the radon chamber device spiking services that Kansas State also offers is provided. Other training noted is the free radon training for real estate professionals and training options for training related to schools and other large buildings provided by the Midwest Universities Radon Consortium (MURC) regional radon training center at Kansas State University.

Save The Date! Region 8 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting: March 26 & 27, 2020 in Helena, Montana

You are cordially invited to attend the EPA Region 8 Radon Stakeholders’ Meeting. The first day of the meeting will focus on topics related to those who have a stake in protecting the public from exposure to radon in their homes, schools, and businesses. The second day will offer continuing education courses.

EPA Region 8 and its partners, Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, 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.

Idaho Lesson Plan and Resources on Radon for Educators Provided

by Margaret Henderson

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Indoor Environment Program has Idaho Resources for Educators that include information about radon. https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/IndoorEnvironment/Radon/tabid/939/Default.aspx

A PowerPoint presentation of 27 slides about “Radon in Idaho” states its purpose: “…is meant to be used as a template in educating students about radon. You may use all the slides, or select the ones that best fit the needs of your students. We ask that you do not change the content within the presentation.”

The learning objectives are given as:

· Describe radon and its health effects.

· Explain how radon enters homes and how to test for it.

· Interpret radon test results.