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Region 7 Radon Leaders Recognized at 3rd Annual Stakeholder Meeting

The 3rd Annual US EPA Region 7 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting was held on March 4, 2009 in Overland Park, KS. Each year the meeting provides an opportunity for US EPA Region 7 and its partners; the Iowa Department of Public Health, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and AARST to bring together interested stakeholders to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand issues from other perspectives, share, educate, and network.

The materials from this meeting are available in the Resource Bank.

Region 6 Radon Stakeholder Meeting: In Action Together

Last week I attended training on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When we got to Habit 6: Synergize, it made me think about the recent EPA Region VI Radon Stakeholders Meeting, held March 16-17, 2009 in Oklahoma City, OK. The principle of synergy is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As a result of synergy, you will achieve innovation and invention; new and better solutions; transformed relationships and an appreciation of diverse perspectives. This is exactly how I would describe the meeting we held in Region VI.

EPA Radon Laboratory

Many of you have probably seen our presentations and posters at the CRCPD and radon symposiums detailing the services we provide to industry, states, EPA regional offices, tribes, universities and various other nonprofit organizations. In a nutshell, we provide two kinds of services: 1) radon measurement analytical services using charcoal canisters provided to qualified environmental justice and tribal communities and 2) quality assurance exposures and calibration checks using our environmental radon chamber and radium bubblers.

Seeking Images of Radon Detectors

Dr. Bill Field is seeking pictures of detectors (ATDs, CCs, EICs, CRM, LSC, etc.) for use in a chapter on radon measurement. It would be helpful if the company name was not prominently displayed. These would have to be copyright free pictures that could be used for publication.

Please email before sending large files.

Upcoming Conference: Late Health Effects of Radiation at Georgetown University

Dr. Bill Field, posting on behalf of Elaine Ron and Peter Jacob

Dear colleagues,

Preparations are close to final for the May 4-6, 2009 conference on “Late Health Effects of Radiation: Bridging the Experimental and Epidemiologic Divide” to be held at Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, D.C.

A multi-disciplinary group of 36 speakers from the fields of radiobiology, dosimetry, epidemiology and statistics will discuss topics that range from radiation-related cellular and genetic effects, radiation sensitive subgroups, late health effects of radiation treatment, cancer and non-cancer diseases in relation to occupational and environmental radiation exposure, and radiation risk and the public.

Discussing One of the Biggest Levers: Radon and Residential Real Estate

Discussing One of the Biggest Levers: Radon and Residential Real Estate
Dr. Paul Locke is a radon leader who has over 20 years of experience in radon science, policy and law. He is particularly interested in how radon testing and remediation can be made part of residential real estate transactions. Dr. Locke is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This blog is about working with real estate professionals to reduce radon levels in homes. Home purchase and sale transactions often create an opportunity to address radon. That means that real estate professionals – those involved in the transaction who are marketing homes – could be great allies. As radon leaders, we need good partners to help us reach our goals.

DNA damage induced by Radon


Resolve to Protect Your Family and Kick Radon Out of Your Home in 2009

From the EPA Greenversations Blog

About the author: Builder Fuad Reveiz* is a former professional football placekicker and a current member of the National Association of Home Builders. He has his own building and development company in Knoxville, Tennessee. He includes radon-resistant features when building new homes.

Recently the headlines have been pretty dire – crises in the financial and housing markets, a poor holiday season for retailers. Reflecting on this state of affairs a friend recently said to me, “at least I’ve got my health.” How right he was! I cherish my health and that of my family. As a builder, homeowner, and parent, I know that having a healthy and green home is extremely important in protecting the health of my family.

Bill Angell's Personal and Professional Radon Story

Why Do I Care About Radon?


My interest in radon began in the early 1970s as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Housing at the University of Minnesota. I was fascinated by scientific reports about elevated indoor radon in Maine homes due to well water transport and in Swedish high rise apartments due to emanation from concrete.

In the latter 1970s, a professional colleague, Susan Leigh, became the Director for Governmental Affairs for the Florida Home Builders Association. Over a number of beers we discussed her members’ frustrations dealing with concerns about developing phosphate-rich lands because of elevated radon.

My Radon Story

Two years ago, I went to the emergency room because of a gall bladder attack and found out through a CT scan that I had Stage 1B lung cancer. Several months later, I had 20% of my left lung removed. Thank God the cancer was caught early. The doctors have told me over and over how lucky I was to have had that gall bladder attack. Otherwise, by the time I would have developed any symptoms, the cancer would have advanced to Stage IV and it would have been too late for treatment.

Having never smoked before nor been exposed to a significant amount of second-hand smoke, I was puzzled as to how I developed lung cancer with no family history of the disease. Upon doing research on the Internet, I was surprised to discover that radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today, and a leading cause of lung cancer in healthy people who have never smoked.