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The State of Montana Newsroom Announces Radon Action Month

by Margaret Henderson

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality encouraged all residents to test their homes through an announcement on the State of Montana Newsroom. http://news.mt.gov/january-is-national-radon-action-month
The announcement explains that radon is a natural radioactive gas and that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths and promotes testing to learn if high levels of radon are present in the home.

For more information about testing and prevention of radon in the home, the announcement advises contacting the Montana DEQ Radon Control Program at 1-800-546-0483.

New Jersey Radon Action Month Campaign

by Margaret Henderson

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced Radon Action Month with a proclamation from Governor Christie, noting that as many as 500 residents of New Jersey each year could be killed by radon induced lung cancer. http://www.njradon.org/download/proc_2018.pdf

The declaration of Radon Action Month is an effort to promote radon awareness, testing and mitigation. The NJDEP encourages testing during the winter months and notes that elevated levels of radon (greater than 4pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level) may be found anywhere in the state, whether or not the location is noted in the radon potential map as being at risk. See the map at http://www.njradon.org/radonin.htm.

Winners in Colorado Statewide Radon Poster Contest Announced

Kelly MacGregor, Public Communications Specialist | 303-692-3304 | kelly.macgregor@state.co.us

DENVER — Students from Highlands Ranch, Windsor and Fort Collins took top honors in this year’s statewide radon awareness poster contest.

Trent Lytle, a seventh-grade student at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, won first place out of more than 200 entries. His poster has been entered in the National Radon Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Camryn Fritch, a sixth-grader at Windsor Middle School, earned second-place honors. Keolani Morrow, a student in the fifth grade at Olander School for Project Based Learning in Fort Collins, received third place.

Florida Radon Program Provides Extensive Public Service Announcements and Reference Information

by Margaret Henderson

The Florida Radon Program has assembled public information over a wide range of radon issues as a convenient way to review various sources of information. These include:
• Public Service Announcements
• Federal Government Sites
• Academic and Research Sites
• Environmental and Health Groups
• General Radiation Information

Month Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are available in a variety of file types ("wav", "cda", or "mp3" files.) PSAs are recorded messages from state legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Reference to Federal Government Sites include links to:
• USEPA and its radon publications
• US Geological Survey soil and radon data used to develop a radon zone potential map

Academic and Research Sites referenced include:

Iowa Provides Radon Basics in Slide Format

by Margaret Henderson

The Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Program has provided a slide presentation on “Radon Basics” that explains important basics about radon and the health effects of exposure to radon.

Iowa has 71.6% of homes above the recommended USEPA action level of 4 pCi/L based on the Iowa Radon Survey. Because at least 50% of the homes are above the 4pCi/L level, USEPA has designated the state as being entirely in the Zone 1 classification, where levels are anticipated to exceed the action level. With such a prevalence of elevated radon in Iowa homes, providing public information and education is a critical need.

January issue of CR3 News—The Fight Is On

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Gloria Linnertz
Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction

Radon in Real Estate Guidance Is Offered by Michigan Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

With the increasing frequency of radon testing by buyers as a part of the home buying process, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Indoor Radon Program has provided guidance on some basics about radon in homes. The Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of the health risk associated with exposure to elevated indoor radon levels, to encourage testing for radon, and to also encourage citizens to take action to reduce their exposure once elevated radon levels are found.

The Michigan Program indicates that about 12% of homes in Michigan have radon levels in excess of the 4pCi/L EPA recommended action level. Some Michigan counties have even higher percentages of homes with radon exceeding that level—as many as 40-45% of them. The Program notes the only way to know the radon level is to test the home.

The Program offers guidance to home buyers:

Report on the New York State Radon Stakeholders Meeting

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on November 9, 2017, at the Traditions on the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 70 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, radon testers and mitigators, and elected officials.

The keynote address was presented by Guy Garty, Ph.D., Columbia University, on the topic of “The Radiobiology of Radon.” Additional speakers presented on:
• radon resistant new construction;
• radon and weatherization;and
• continuous radon monitoring – testing and equipment calibration.

Dallas Jones, Executive Director of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) provided updates and discussed the National Radon Map Project. NYS Department of Health staff provided updates on their radon program and the Healthy Neighborhoods project. Larainne Koehler, EPA Region II, also provided updates.

Announcing the Radon Stakeholders Meeting in Iowa March 6, 2018

The 12th Annual State Radon Stakeholder’s Conference will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center.

This meeting is being held at no cost for all those that have a stake in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to radon in their homes, schools and businesses. It is the intent of U.S. EPA Region 7 and its partners: the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Heartland Chapter of AARST (the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand radon issues from other perspectives, share, educate and network.

Radon Facts for Virginians From the Virginia Department of Health Indoor Radon Program

by Margaret Henderson

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Indoor Radon Program has created a brochure about radon, specific to Virginians. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/7/2016/01/Radon-Facts-for-Virginians.pdf