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Montana Guidance on Radon and Real Estate Transactions

by Margaret Henderson

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Radon Program provides extensive information for home buyers on its website under the section “Radon Testing – Real Estate.” See http://deq.mt.gov/Energy/radon In Montana, the average for indoor air is 5.9 pCi/L, above the 4 pCi/L recommended action level. Levels of test results for Montana Counties are shown at http://mt-radon.info/MT_counties.html.

Indiana State Department of Health Uses Mapping to Indicate Radon Potential Exposure

by Margaret Henderson

The Indiana State Department of Health, Lead and Healthy Homes Division, provides information to the public about radon and its health effects and has responsibility for licensing radon testers and mitigators.

As part of its educational component, the Division provides maps for the public to view to give an indication of what radon levels have been found or may be predicted in their counties.

In Indiana, much of the state is in Zone 1, with counties predicted to have indoor air concentrations of radon above 4 pCi/L, the recommended EPA action level. https://www.in.gov/isdh/images/Radon_Map.png

Utah Uses Map Webinar and Data Table to Inform Public about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Radon Program, provides the public with information about potential and measured indoor radon concentrations in the areas where they live.

A short interactive map webinar, Utah Zone RAH, (Utah Geologic Survey Radon Zones) explains how to use the geologic information to determine the potential radon concentrations in a particular area. Using Google Earth, and putting an address into the application, the screen zooms in to the address, which is indicated as a particular radon zone by a color coded map. (Zones define areas that have predicted indoor radon concentrations based on geology.) https://www.screencast.com/t/EwZHtnNPE

Radon Sessions Included in International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material in Denver

The Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM IX) will be held in Denver, Colorado, September 22 – 27, 2019. On Wednesday, September 25, Radon/Thoron will be the topic of afternoon sessions. See the agenda at https://www.crcpd.org/mpage/NORMIX

CRCPD, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, is organizing the Symposium, which will include presentations, posters, training and roundtable sessions from industry representatives, scientists, regulators and other stakeholders. Representatives from over 50 countries plan to attend.

New York Announces Annual Meeting and Training Days

NYS AARST Chapter Training
When: October 7-9, 2019

In conjunction with NYS Stakeholders meeting being held on
October 10, 2019 at the same location.

Where: Traditions at the Glen
4101 Watson Blvd
Johnson City, New York 13790

Training Courses Being Offered:

Monday October 7 8AM-5PM
CE Credits: 8 NRPP Course Cost: $189
Multi-Family Measurement

Tuesday October 8AM-5PM
CE Credits: 8 NRPP Course Cost $189
Multi-Family Mitigation

Wednesday October 9
8AM-Noon: Personal Protection for the Radon Mitigator
CE Credits: 4 NRPP Course Cost $95
1PM-5PM: Mechanics of Radon: How it Effects the Body
CE Credits: 4 NRPP Course Cost $95

Class materials will be provided at all trainings

Course cost includes: Breakfast (served at 7:30 a.m.)
& Lunch (served at 12:00p.m.)
Refreshments offered during morning and afternoon breaks

Idaho’s Updated Website Serves as Useful Radon Resource

by Margaret Henderson

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Indoor Environment Program has an updated website with many features to advise the public about radon. https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/IndoorEnvironment/Radon/tabid/939/Default.aspx

It can be accessed through the Healthy Homes link or by search of the department website. A survey on the website invites you to evaluate the usefulness and organization of the site, which operates quickly and is easy to navigate.

Oregon Reaches the Public with Radon Message in a Video

by Margaret Henderson

Oregon Health Authority, Radon Awareness Program, reaches the public with the message “We understand the science, cheap to test and cheap to fix.” Using the YouTube video, Radon Awareness: Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the health effects of radon and the need to test and mitigate are presented. Discussing the Pacific Northwest, the video explains that the geology of Oregon does not produce much radon, but the sediments brought to the area from Idaho and Canada in the Missoula Floods do and they are the major source of radon in Oregon. The video uses a case study about a woman with radon-induced lung cancer and the effect on her family to emphasize the importance of testing and mitigating if results are more than 4 pCi/L

NORM IX Conference Is Quickly Approaching--Register NOW!

The International NORM IX conference is quickly approaching. The Scientific Committee has put together an excellent program with world-wide experts in radiation protection and naturally occurring radioactive material. The draft preliminary program gives titles of the presentations and posters. See https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/543/program-app/program. As you can see, there are numerous topics and excellent vetted presentations included.

- Early Bird Registration (at the $550 rate) closes August 15, 2019. Registration after that date is $650 for full registration. Register here at the NORM IX Website https://www.crcpd.org/mpage/NORMIX

- Remember to make your hotel reservation by September 2, 2019.
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Minnesota Announces Multifamily Measurement and Schools and Large Buildings Measurement Courses

Upcoming Radon Training and Continuing Education Opportunities For Multifamily Measurement and Schools and Large Buildings Measurement

Kansas State University/Midwest Universities Radon Consortium (MURC):
Radon Continuing Education Courses for Minnesota

Two Advanced Measurement Courses:

Advanced Schools and Large Buildings Radon Measurement
Tuesday August 20– (8am – 5pm)
NRPP Course ID#: KSU-231 Applicable to: Measurement Course Type: Classroom C.E. Credits: 8 hours

Advanced Multifamily Radon Measurement
Wednesday August 21 – (8am-5pm) NRPP Course ID#: KSU-600 Applicable to: Measurement (MFM) Course Type: Classroom C.E. Credits: 8 hours

Location: Union Depot – Veterans Gallery Room
214 East 4th Street | St. Paul, MN 55101

Separate course fee - $160 per course
Combined registration for both Courses- $320

South Carolina Addresses the Public about Radon through Video, Map and Brochure

by Margaret Henderson

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Radon Program, encourages testing and mitigation through public outreach. Information is provided through various media, including video, map with radon data, and a radon brochure about South Carolina radon.

A 12-minute video by a public health specialist discusses how to test your home for radon. To view the video, visit https://www.scdhec.gov/environment/your-home/radon

In a static map, with data through March 2018, the average home radon concentration in each county is presented. See the map at https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/Radon_Map_2018_0.pdf

The map presents radon test kit results of those kits the Department provided to homeowners. The results are of initial testing, not post-mitigation. Results provided for Greenville County, for instance, indicate: