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Comments on two recent papers concerning radon/radiation and granite counter top

Two papers have recently been published - Part 1 is on granite and radiation, and Part 2 is on granite and radon specifically. The papers are available for review in the RadonLeaders.org Radon Research section.

Below are my views on Part 1:

The paper is well written, and contributes to the literature; however, I have comments regarding the radiation paper, and maybe Joe A. can address them:

My Bio--New addition to radon team at EPA HQ

Hi! I’m Jani—I’m the newest addition to the IED radon team at EPA’s HQ (coming close to my one month anniversary). If I haven't already, I know I will soon interact with many of you (see you in St Louis!).

If anyone is curious as to what I've been up to before I came to EPA, I’ve put together a short bio to satisfy that curiosity. Long story short—just about every aspect of IAQ from thermography, radon, ventilation, fungi, lead, asbestos, particulates, VOC, Tools for Schools, asthma programs, mobile sources, laboratory QA, and good bit of technical writing. If you stop reading now, I won’t feel bad, but for those hardcore, interested folks I’ve provided a bit more detail.

Resource document on State Radon Legislation

I wanted to make this document available to everyone. I think it will be helpful in the way it is organized. The credit goes to Betsy Janes of the Kentucky American Lung Association for preparing this. We would like to update it as more regulation gets passed in the states. Hopefully Kentucky will add to it in the near future!

Comprehensive Listing of Radon State Laws & Regulations

Kentucky Radon Regulations Drafted

The Kentucky Radon Program recently finished a draft of radon regulations for certification of radon testers, mitigators, and laboratories. In 1993, a law was passed for the Cabinet of Health and Family Services to promulgate regulations for certification. An attempt was made in 2005 for state regulations but the regulations did not make it all the way through the review process. It is the goal of our Program to have state regulations by 2010.

More updates will follow as the regulations move forward into the formal review process with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC).

Please find further materials on this attached below for your review.

Updated EPA Radon Website and Other Updates

Hello everyone,

We've been busy improving our radon website - please visit our redesigned landing page, and our new
radon-resistant new construction (RRNC) web pages.

Also, there have been personnel changes in the Office and Division that you may not have heard about. Tom Kelly has stepped up to become Director (Acting) for the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) (replacing Elizabeth Cotsworth) until a permanent replacement is chosen. Tom's move resulted in Dave Rowson moving up to become Director (Acting) of the Indoor Environments Division (IED). In turn, Dave's move resulted in Alisa Smith assuming the Directorship (Acting) of the Center for Asthma and Schools (CAS). Our best wishes to all of them in their new roles.

Radon and Residential Real Estate: Measuring Success & Fine-Tuning Your Efforts to Deliver the Most Radon Risk Reduction

How can you measure success or fine-tune your efforts to deliver the most radon risk reduction?

In my last blog, I laid out some ideas about how to work with agents, brokers and others to bring radon into the residential real estate transaction in a way that benefits both consumers and agents. I suggested that radon leaders should engage real estate agents and brokers directly, especially through continuing education courses. In this blog, I want to take up the issue of how to measure success – that is, how to figure out if you are making progress and helping achieve real radon risk reduction and how to adjust your efforts if you find that they are not getting the results you would like.

Information on the cost of lung cancer

The EPA Publication "The Cost of Illness Handbook" is available on line at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/coi/ and it has a section on lung cancer cost.

Attached are two articles that Dr. Bill Field recently shared on the cost of lung cancer.

If we don't find funding to mitigate the homes of low income citizens with very high radon, it will eventually cost us more when we have to pay Medicaid taxes to pay for their treatments while they are dying.

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Thinking About Your Web Strategy: What is Search Engine Optimization?

One of the keys to improving site traffic is to optimize your site for search engines. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making small changes to your site's content and architecture that make it more readable to search engine "spiders" - the automated tools that are constantly scanning the Internet for new content. By optimizing, your site will appear as high as possible in search listings.

Thinking About Your Web Strategy: Demystifying Web Analytics

The success of your online advocacy efforts can be determined by analyzing reports of your web site's traffic. By looking at the number of daily site visits over a period of time, it is easy to determine which aspects of your site marketing plan are driving users toward your site content. To get started, you'll need a software package for reporting the traffic data. Your technology support department may already provide access to a reporting tool which analyzes traffic based on web server logs, such as Webalizer, Analog, or AWstats.

Fort Collins, CO Study: Effectiveness of Passive Radon Reduction System in New Fort Collins Homes

I wanted to make this study available to the RadonLeaders.org community.

The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of radon-resistant new construction (RRNC) in a Colorado Front Range community. Please find the study attached below.

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