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Idaho Brochure Features Radon and Smoking Linkage

by Margaret Henderson

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has produced an on-line brochure titled “Radon and Smoking – What You Need to Know and Do to Protect Your Health.” See
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/RadonSmokingBrochure.pdf

The colorful brochure displays the state map noting what counties fall into categories of radon exposure based on test results. For instance, seventeen counties are listed as having 26% to 50% of the homes tested with radon levels greater than 4 pCi/L, the recommended EPA action level.

Advice Regarding Radon in Rental Properties in Maine

by Margaret Henderson

Any home in Maine may have a radon problem, including rental properties. All parts of Maine may have elevated radon levels and test results indicate that at least 25% of the homes tested have radon problems. In Maine, landlords are required to test their rental properties. Radon testing in all residential rental properties was required by March 1, 2014, and unless a mitigation system is installed, a tenant can request a re-test every 10 years.

To guide landlords and renters, the Maine Division of Environmental Health has developed a tip sheet with the basics about “Radon in Rental Housing A Serious Hidden Danger to Family Health.”
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/rad/radon/documents/2013%20tipsheet%2011.pdf

Highlights of “About Radon Testing in Rental Housing Maine” include:

West Virginia Targets Risk Reduction for 16 Designated Counties

by Margaret Henderson

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the American Lung Association in West Virginia are promoting radon testing, particularly in 16 designated counties: Brooke, Grant, Greenbrier, Hancock, Hardy, Marshall, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Summers and Tucker. Free radon test kits are offered in the outreach effort to residents of those counties. Residents of the listed counties will be able to request a free radon kit by visiting https://www.wvdhhr.org/rtia/pdf/Free%20Radon%20Kits.pdf. The outreach to the designated counties will reach 220,000 households primarily in the eastern and northern regions of the state where elevated radon levels have been found.

Colorado Activities for National Radon Month in the News

In Colorado, as many as 50% of the homes tested have exceeded the 4pCi/L recommended action level of the USEPA. The Radon Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment partners with many entities in outreach efforts to encourage testing and mitigation. The following links provide news about Radon Action Month activities in Colorado throughout the state:

http://www.koaa.com/story/37216724/el-paso-county-public-health-encouraging-radon-home-testing-in-january

http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-residents-urged-to-test-for-radon-this-month/article/1618621

North Carolina Radon Program Provides References for the Medical Profession

by Margaret Henderson

The North Carolina Radon Program offers information for the medical profession through its website and with referrals to the Online Continuing Education Credit Courses in Radon, provided by the Southern Illinois University Medical School.

The information provided by the North Carolina Radon Program includes a discussion of radon and risk, and historical information related to miners and lung disease linked to radon. Reference is given to BEIR IV, Health Risks of Radon and Other Internally Deposited Alpha-Emitters, National Academy Press, 1988. The document includes studies about study of miners in:
• Colorado Plateau Study
• Czechoslovakian Uranium Miners
• Ontario Uranium Miner’s Study
• Eldorado Uranium Miner’s Study
• French Uranium Miner’s Study

References also include medical journal articles:

Governor Rick Snyder Proclaimed Radon Action Month in Michigan

by Margaret Henderson

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is promoting Radon Action Month, encouraging testing of all homes. Governor Snyder proclaimed Radon Action Month in Michigan writing that elevated radon levels can be found in every Michigan county and in some Michigan counties more than 50 percent of homes tested had elevated radon levels; and 26 percent of all radon tests conducted statewide returned results at or above 4.0 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/2013_Radon_Proc-portrait_size_408782_7.pdf

Georgia’s 3rd Quarter Radon Outreach

by Margaret Henderson

Radon outreach through the Georgia Radon Education Program for July through September 2017 reported statistics and narratives on the program’s work. The Georgia Radon Education Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension.

Some highlights of the outreach accomplishments from the period:

  • Kits distributed through the period netted 212 results received, with 30% exceeding the recommended USEPA action level of 4pCi/L and the highest level being 13.9 pCi/L.
  • Media interactions with six newspapers equaled a circulation of 250,000.

Radon Measurements Laboratory (RML) Radon Chamber Services Moving to Kansas State University

The RML Radon Chamber Services, operated for many years under Dr. James Burkhart, will be transferred to the Engineering Extension Office at Kansas State University (KSU) in late March/early April 2018, and will be operated under the supervision of Engineering Extension Director Bruce Snead. This transfer is for Chamber services ONLY (spiking, device performance tests, and device performance evaluations) and DOES NOT INCLUDE testing services for charcoal canister, and alpha track devices, which will continue at RML in Colorado Springs. KSU will not perform any testing services. The last round of chamber services at RML at Colorado Springs is planned to be complete on March 21. Chamber services will resume at KSU on April 9.
The KSU Radon Chamber will apply for all national and state certifications currently valid for the RML chamber and will participate in all necessary inter-comparisons to achieve certified performance test chamber status.

National Radon Action Month Poster and Video Contest Winners

American Lung Association takes action to raise awareness about radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers

Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2018) – As part of National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 National Radon Poster and Video Contest. The contest is held each year across the nation to raise awareness of radon gas, the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon gas is found in all 50 states, and may enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels. Radon is only detectable by performing a home test, and the EPA estimates 1 in 15 homes may be at-risk.

Nevada Radon Program Offers Free Educational Events for Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

The Nevada Radon Program is offering free educational events to promote National Radon Action Month in keeping with its outreach efforts to inform the public about radon risks in Nevada, radon test and mitigation. Events are being held in northern and southern Nevada and in Washoe, Douglas, Storey and Carson Counties in January and February 2018. See the listing of events at
https://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/files/pdf/NRAM2018Events.pdf

For more information, contact:
1-888-RADON10 (888-723-6610)
https://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/