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Working With Real Estate Professionals in Minnesota

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Scott Arcand, Radon Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=144.496) disclosure requirements include a radon warning statement with the language:

Radon Warning Statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator.

Washington Tracking Network Includes Geology Layer With Radon Data Mapping

by Margaret Henderson

The Washington State Department of Health website provides the Washington Tracking Network (WTN), A Source for Environmental Public Health Data, that includes radon data and allows selection of geology as a map layer. Test results from 1989-2016 are provided and can be viewed as “number of houses tested” or “test results.” An additional map layer may be added to show geology statewide, or by county or census tract. The geology layer is another means to encourage testing each residence, even though test results in the area may not have elevated radon levels.

The geology layer indicates the surface geology and the potential for radon exposures to be high, medium or low. The levels, which categorized 57,000 identifiable rock and soil types, are defined as:

  • High - geology contains uranium, or has rock types known to contain uranium.

Where We Live, Work and Play—Radon Partnership in Utah

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Nikki Campbell, Environmental Public Health Tracking, Utah Department of Health

In cooperation with and funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) had built the data networks and local tracking program needed to provide radon data to the public.

The available radon data portals are a publicly-accessible repository of radon data:
• Utah: http://epht.health.utah.gov
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/

CR3 News November Issue celebrates National Lung Cancer Awareness and Veterans Day

Hope you will open, read, and share our electronic magazine, CR3 NEWS, this
month which highlights many veterans saving lives with radon reduction and our
radon-induced lung cancer survivors advocating for lung cancer awareness and
prevention on capitol hill and at the National Press Club! We appreciate the
talents and determination of our publisher, Jackie Nixon, lung cancer survivor
and publisher of our magazine. https://view.joomag.com/2017-citizens-for-radioactive-radon-reduction-news-november-issue/0067864001507578599?short

Gloria Linnertz, President/Founder
Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction

Mapping Illustrates Washington DC Radon Data and Encourages Testing

by Margaret Henderson

The Washington DC Department of Energy and Environment provides outreach and education about radon in a variety of ways, including illustrating the radon test data through mapping.

“Home Radon Test Kit Results in DC and Maryland” (2010-2015) illustrates radon test findings.
Additional mapping of 2010-1012 data is show in “Spatial Distribution of Indoor Radon.” The maps show that majority of results appear to be less than 4pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level. However, higher levels are found in various areas, indicating a need to test for radon to be sure about the levels in each residence.

Tennessee Interactive Radon Map Provides Radon Data and Geological Detail

by Margaret Henderson

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation operates the statewide radon program for indoor air as part of the Office of Sustainable Practices. Outreach activities include providing services and technical information, free test kits, and educational materials.

About 16% of homes in Tennessee are expected to have radon present in excess of 4 pCi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. Some areas of the state have the potential for 33-75% of the homes to have excess radon levels.

An interactive Tennessee Radon Map presents data from January 1, 2009 to October 31, 2014 from Short-Term Indoor Air Radon Test Results.

South Carolina Brochure: Building Radon Out: What you need to know to keep you and your family safe

by Margaret Henderson

Based on data collected from testing, almost every county in South Carolina has test results that are elevated (above 4 pCi/L, the recommended USEPA action level). A county map shows number of tests, average results and highest levels. http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Docs/Radon/Radon_Map_2015.pdf

Because the potential exists for new homes to have high levels and need remediation, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Radon Program encourages radon resistant new construction. The department has published a brochure with the basic information about radon and about Building Radon Out: What you need to know to keep you and your family safe. http://www.scdhec.gov/Library/CR-010089.pdf

Clark Eldredge: 2017 Radon Hero

Clark Eldredge is recognized for his leadership and dedication to increasing radon awareness, radon testing and mitigation rates in the state of Florida for over 20 years. Clark has worked on various programs and initiatives during his tenure including a study on elevated radon levels on the 20th floor of a condominium. Clark has served as a member of the E-25 Committee on Radon and the Suggested States Regulations – Part R: Radon for many years. His invaluable guidance and incomparable expertise helped shape the Florida radon program and that has contributed extensively to radon activities at the state, regional and national level. He is an expert in risk communications by naturally engaging and motivating individuals on the importance of testing for the number one environmental carcinogen. As a science-driven leader, his unwavering commitment is demonstrated by his years of sustained exemplary leadership.

North Dakota Provides Explanations about Radon in a Variety of Ways

by Margaret Henderson

In North Dakota, the entire state is classified as Zone 1, High Potential, where radon levels are predicted to exceed 4 pi/L, the USEPA recommended action level. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-08/documents/north_dakota.pdf The map is not intended to suggest whether or not a home any county should be tested for radon; testing is the only way to determine what level of radon levels exists.

With the potential for the levels of radon to be so high statewide, the North Dakota Department of Health Radon Program provides educational outreach to offer information and resources to the public, with special emphasis on students and teachers.

Kansas Requires Testers, Mitigators and Laboratories to Report Data

by Margaret Henderson

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) collects radon data on testing and mitigation from contractors and laboratories. Kansas statute requires the information be shared and information is considered confidential. It may not be shared under “open records” provisions. The information is to be used by the department in studies.

The requirements are that “Any person who tests for radon in Kansas, analyzes radon testing devices used in Kansas, or performs radon mitigation in Kansas shall make a report of such testing, analysis, or mitigation to KDHE within 90 days. In order to make data submissions consistent and useful for studies, the department provides a downloadable form that includes fields for the topics that must be submitted. All submissions are to be made electronically.