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Radon Networking Day in Springfield, IL

The Illinois Radon Community comes together through the assistance of IEMA and American Lung Association of the Upper MidWest along with many others to share ideas with the many first-time attendees. What a great way to begin the new year in January--National Radon Action Month--with communication between construction instructors, medical personnel, advocacy groups, radon-induced lung cancer survivors, health departments and licensed radon professionals among others.

With cooperation and sharing like this throughout our nation, someday radon-induced lung cancer deaths may be a thing of the past.

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Radon detected in two-thirds of Stateline homes

Radon detected in two-thirds of Stateline homes

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — With the exception of a small sliver along Jacks Valley Road representing Genoa's ZIP Code, Douglas County's elevated radon results extend from Lake Tahoe to the Pine Nuts.

Radon, a radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, is being detected in an average of 67.6 percent of Stateline homes tested. Zephyr Cover comes in a close second at 66.3 percent of homes tested.

Third place for the county is Gardnerville's 89460 ZIP code, which extends from the Gardnerville Ranchos to Sheridan Acres and Mottsville, one of the county's most populous regions, where 210 of 383 homes tested had elevated results.

Scientists make the point that any home in the county could have elevated levels of radon, even if a home next door doesn't.

Radon is formed by the decay of uranium in the soil. It is a tasteless, odorless gas that seeps into homes, where it can gather in still places and give off radioactive particles as it decays.

Officials start video contest on radon hazards

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State officials have launched a video contest encouraging high school students to talk about the hazards of radon.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency launched the "2010 Illinois High School Radon Video Contest" this week.

To enter, students must submit one-minute YouTube videos about the radioactive gas that contributes to more than 1,000 lung cancer deaths in Illinois each year.

IEMA director Andrew Valasquez says the contest is a creative way for reaching more people with that message.

The winner's school will get a $2,000 prize to be used for extracurricular activities and the winning student will get $1,000. January is Radon Action Month.

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IEMA & ALA-IL Launch 2010 Illinois High School Radon Video Contest

IEMA, ALA-IL Launch Teen Video Contest during Radon Action Month
High school students encouraged to create YouTube video promoting awareness of radon health hazards

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking an innovative way to spread the message about radon’s health hazards, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) today launched the “2010 Illinois High School Radon Video Contest.” The agencies are encouraging high school students throughout the state to create 60-second YouTube videos about radon, a radioactive gas that causes an estimated 1,100 lung cancer deaths in Illinois each year.

The video contest highlights activities in Illinois during Radon Action Month in January. Other organizations supporting the video contest include the University of Illinois Extension Office, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 5.

New Report from the EPA Office of Inspector General: Vapor Intrusion

The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recently issued a new report that is now available on our Website at http://www.epa.gov/oig under "Recent Releases:"

"Lack of Final Guidance on Vapor Intrusion Impedes Efforts to Address Indoor Air Risks," dated December 14, 2009, http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2010/20091214-10-P-0042.pdf

We conducted this review to determine what actions the EPA has taken, both general and site-specific, to identify and mitigate human health risks from chemical vapor intrusion that can be associated with contaminated sites. When EPA had not taken site-specific actions, we examined the reasons why.

Health Physics Society Updates Position on Radon

The Health Physics Society published “Perspectives and Recommendations on Indoor Radon”—its initial position statement on indoor radon—in October 1990. Since that time, the National Academy of Sciences has reevaluated the epidemiological data on underground miners and reviewed indoor radon epidemiological studies. The Academy published its findings in 1999 in its BEIR VI Report, “Health Effects of Exposure to Radon.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) reevaluated its risk assessment in 2003. In addition, a significant amount of new information on residential radon studies has become available in the past few years.

HPS's full statement: http://hps.org/documents/radon_position_statement.pdf

REGISTER NOW! December 8th Webinar on Radon T: World Trek 2010 & NEW Eddie's Story PSA Materials Now Available!

Upcoming Webinar on Radon T: World Trek 2010

A hands-on, people driven project - help CanSAR and its partners kick off Radon T: World Trek 2010! Let’s go to all the 50 States and as many territories as we can in 2010! Become a Radon T: World Trek 2010 Team Leader to support Cancer Survivors Against Radon.

Radon T: World Trek 2010 is a social media project developed by Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR). The Radon T-shirt will be a physical symbol that travels the country, as well as an online voice for radon awareness. We want this project to go viral, and it can, with your help!

During the Webinar Team Leaders from Kentucky will explain how easy it is to get involved in Radon T: World Trek 2010. They will provide all the information you need: logistics, dates, and support materials on how state, business, and non-profit volunteers can all help as Radon Leaders Saving Lives!

Many Schools Don't Test For Radon In Class: Pennsylvania Has No State Law Requiring Testing

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PITTSBURGH -- What if your child's school was infected with a dangerous gas, but you were never told about it?

Team 4 has learned three out of four school districts in our area have not done any radon testing. That's because there is no state or federal requirement to do it. Some schools that did test found levels in the danger zone.

NOTE - If you want to see whether your school district has done radon testing, use the links in the "Related" box on the right side of this page.

Howe Elementary in Mt. Lebanon is a Pennsylvania school of distinction. But five years ago, the school distinguished itself in another way: high radon levels.

Review the Current Draft of the Strategic Program Plan for EPA's Radon Program

EPA is developing a Strategic Program Plan to meet its mandates on radon, and is seeking input from the radon community. EPA has hosted two previous opportunities for feedback on its plan from individual radon stakeholders - a feedback polll hosted on RadonLeaders.org and a discussion Webinar. On Sunday, September 20, 2009 EPA hosted a discussion session on its Plan during the concurrent national radon meetings in St. Louis, MO (AARST's 2009 International Radon Symposium, and CRCPD's 19th National Radon Training Conference).

The current draft of the Strategic Program Plan is available for download.

Please note, you must be logged in to RadonLeaders.org to download these documents.

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