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NATIONAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CR3 News Volume - Black History Special Edition

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CR3 News
Black History Special Edition
African American Contributions
Radon Awareness & Lung Cancer

This issue highlights February National Black History Month and those African Americans who have contributed to the cause of saving lives. Their past and present efforts assist in the goals of public awareness and solutions to fix this deadly gas called Radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.

Magazine Description

Pennsylvania On-line Radio Interview Informs the Public about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Wtif on-line radio, home for National Public Radio, featured Bob Lewis of the Pennsylvania radon program in a discussion with listeners about radon. The program called “Smart Talk,” hosted by Scott LaMar, is an interactive program presented on a daily basis. It covers health and education, among other relevant topics of public interest.

During the program, as part of National Radon Action Month outreach, Bob Lewis answered call-in and email inquiries in real time. He explained about testing and remediation for radon and talked about the dangers and misunderstandings about radon. Bob is Program Manager, Bureau of Radiation Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Delaware Facebook Presence Promotes Radon as a Healthy Homes Issue

by Margaret Henderson

The Delaware Division of Public Health uses its Facebook site to provide information to the public about radon. See https://www.facebook.com/DEPublicHealth/. The page has 1018 likes.

The posts include graphics, details and links to the department’s site. Radon poster winners from elementary and middle schools are displayed. Other posts advise about how to get radon kits, show graphics on how radon gets into your home, provide news about Radon Action Month in January each year, and direct attention to the department’s healthy home website http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/healthyhomes.html.

Missouri’s Ten Years of Radon Data Is On-line Shown in Interactive and Static Maps

by Margaret Henderson

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services Radon Program has ten years of radon data displayed on their website, showing the results of the Indoor Air Quality Database 2005-2015. The maps may be access through http://ephtn.dhss.mo.gov/EPHTN_Data_Portal/radon/index.php

Interactive maps feature residential and school data. Residential data cover years 2005-2015 and school data cover years 2013 – 2016 (August through May “school year”). The Interactive radon maps allow for a choice of backgrounds (satellite, topography, with or without street names and other choices). Pop-ups give details about the test location and results.

Nevada Uses Facebook to Announce Free Radon Test Kits

by Margaret Henderson

Using its Facebook presence, the Nevada Radon Education Program has announced that free radon test kits will be available as a part of its National Radon Action Month (January 2017).

The post states:

Nevada Radon Education is offering free #radon test kits at public meetings in January. Get information: http://is.gd/RadonEducation or CALL 888-723-6610.

The following locations have literature and radon test kits for Nevada residents. For more information, call the Radon hotline at 1-888-RADON-10 (1-888-723-6610).

See the attached file regarding this offer, available January 1 to February 28, 2017 from the Nevada Radon Program Cooperative Extension & Partner Offices.

Colorado’s National Radon Action Month Begins with Proclamation and Website Provides Detailed Information

by Margaret Henderson

In a proclamation from Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper, the importance of National Radon Action Month of January 2017 was highlighted. See https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/HM_sw3_Radon-Action-2017.pdf

The proclamation notes that approximately 50 percent of Colorado homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L and all 64 Colorado counties are rated at high risk for elevated radon. To encourage testing, the proclamation notes that it is easy and inexpensive.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides coupons for reduced-cost radon test kits through http://www.coloradoradon.info
The department’s website offers a variety of information, including:

• Testing and mitigating your home

Montana Promotes Radon Awareness, Testing, and Mitigation

January 5, 2016

January is radon action month - DEQ promotes radon awareness, testing, and mitigation

HELENA – January is Radon Awareness Month, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers steps Montanans can take to test for and reduce radon gas found in homes.

Radon gas occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in rock and soils in Montana and can accumulate inside homes. The gas is radioactive and can damage lung tissue. Studies indicate breathing radon is a major cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, and a leading cause of cancer among non-smokers.

Alabama Seeking Resources and Ideas for Radon Promotion

by Margaret Henderson

The Alabama Department of Public Health has a new person overseeing the Alabama Radon Program. Nick Swindall, a radiation physicist supervisor, is now planning next steps for the program’s activities.

Recently, he wrote that they are looking into doing some radon awareness advertising during lung cancer awareness promotions. He also is planning advertising for radon action month in January, noting that last year the program did gas pump toppers and indoor screens. In terms of conferences and outreach, Nick attended the National Radon Conference in San Diego, and after that a meeting with the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition in Birmingham in July. At that event, he was able to speak about radon and get some short-term test kits and literature distributed.

Nick is interested in resources for the Radon Program. In his new positions, he is still exploring resources available to help educate the public.

High Radon Level in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania: An Update

by Margaret Henderson

A television news article in November 2016 drew attention to recent testing of a home in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, that tested extremely high for radon. I asked Bob Lewis, of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Radon Division to elaborate on the findings and he contributed this clarifying information.

Radon News (EPA announces Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland)

EPA announces $47K Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland As part of National Radon Action Month

Ref: Maryland Department of Environment (MDE)



Terri White

(215) 814-5523

EPA announces $47K Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland As part of National Radon Action Month

Westminster, MD (Jan. 6, 2017) – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $46,949 grant to the Maryland Department of Environment that will be used to support the state’s new indoor radon education program.

This annual funding will be passed through to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which will work with local health departments to promote increased radon education, testing and mitigation for homes, schools and other buildings.