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SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

UPDATE, Thursday, August 6, 2009

To register for this Webinar please Click Here.




EPA is developing a Long-term Strategy to meet its mandates on radon, and is seeking input from the radon community.

During June, 2009, EPA collected feedback from individual stakeholders via a poll on RadonLeaders.org. EPA is hosting a second opportunity for individual stakeholders to provide feedback on its Long-term Strategy during a Webinar on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, from 1-3 PM, EST. Please save the date for this Webinar!

Registered attendees will receive a draft copy of the EPA Long-term Strategy prior to the Webinar. All attendees will be able to provide feedback on the Strategy during the Webinar. Webinar registration details and other information will be added to this Website shortly.

Background

U.N. report pinpoints cancer risk from radon in homes

VIENNA (Reuters) - New studies have found direct evidence of a lung cancer risk from the presence of colorless, odorless radon gas in many homes, a United Nations committee said in a report released Tuesday. Officials on the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) said the finding provided the first quantifiable evidence of the risk in homes from radon, long seen as a potential health risk.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies were revising recommendations on maximum levels of radon in homes and workplaces based on the 20 studies involving tens of thousands of lung cancer patients in North America, Europe and China.

"(Up to now) radon has been a typical health risk no one wants to accept or take note of," Wolfgang Weiss, UNSCEAR's vice chairman, told a news conference.

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Pursuing the radon remedy

BOULDER — Brad Erickson, 37, suffers from a disease similar to rheumatoid arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis or A.S.

The disease causes pain and inflation of the joints, primarily those between the vertebrae of the spine.

“I’ve had it for about 10 years,” Erickson said. “It pretty much got debilitating last year.”

Erickson tried all the conventional treatments — mainly prescription drugs that aim only to decrease symptoms.

When drug after drug failed and there was nothing left to try, Erickson realized he needed to find something else.

He saw mention of radon mines on an online A.S. forum. He did some research, booked a plane ticket to Montana and made a reservation at the Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine in Boulder.

Smart Mama, Scary Book

I have a very active fantasy life. Before you start snickering, let me just tell you that my imaginings are more along the lines of Mary in In Plain Sight or Madonna in "Express Yourself" rather than Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat. Anyway, over the last few months, my daydreams have become extremely mundane. I fantasize about what sports my son will play when he's older (Gabe is just a year old) or how he'll make me laugh when he's in the second grade and thinks Martin Luther King Jr. was a real king like I once did, or even how I'll foil his attempts to sneak out of the house when he's a teenager. I tell you this not to make you gag, but to communicate how much I love my son. He's the absolute center of my world—my past, present, and future. And I also tell you this because I know that's how most people love their children—WITH every fiber of their being.

Upcoming Webinar - Get Caught in the ‘Net: Building Your Web Strategy to Reduce Radon Risk

Be sure to attend the next radon Webinar! EPA will be hosting a Webinar titled Get Caught in the ‘Net: Building Your Web Strategy to Reduce Radon Risk on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 1:00 PM ET.



Did you know? Nearly 3 out of 4 internet users rely on web searches to find health or medical information? EPA and the state radon programs play an essential role in providing the public with the most accurate and complete information about radon risk. While having a program website is an important start, it is only the first step. During the Webinar, you will hear from the Florida State Radon Program, as they discuss their everyday web outreach challenges and share best practices for how to develop or improve upon your own web strategy.

Attend the Get Caught in the ‘Net Webinar to learn the simple, proven techniques that the Florida State Radon Program is using to:

CSU Extension offering scholarships for radon mitigation course

Colorado State University Extension is offering three scholarships for the Center for Environmental Research and Technology Institute Mitigation Course which includes measurement and mitigation courses (each a $595 value). The scholarships also include three memberships to American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) (approximate value of $250). By providing scholarships for mitigation training and memberships to AARST, CSU Extension is providing an opportunity for people involved in construction, remodeling or handyman businesses to get the required training to meet this growing demand for mitigating homes in this region.

Never Smoked, But at Risk for Lung Cancer?

By Derek Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D

Q: Why do people who never smoke get lung cancer? -- Erin Ryder, Los Angeles

A: Dr. Derek Raghavan, a medical oncologist and chair and director of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, responds:

Erin,

That’s a very good question, and there are actually several answers.

Probably the most important issue is that many people who claim not to smoke actually do. But they don’t smoke actively, with a cigarette stuck between their lips. Rather, they are passive smokers. This means that they breathe in the cigarette smoke that is exhaled by others...

We Want You! Share Your Feedback on Important Radon Issues

We Want You!  Share Your Feedback on Important Radon Issues

UPDATED June 19, 2009



In this InFocus we update you on two major opportunities to share feedback on important national radon issues.

National Radon Chamber & Calibration Protocols/Standards: Comments Sought on Chambers and Device Calibration

Comments may be submitted until 11:59PM on Sunday, June 28, 2009. Please visit the Standards Comment page for full details and to share your input.

Surgeon General Call to Action to Promote Healthy Housing

The Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., will hold an event on June 9 in Washington, DC, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, to release his "Call to Action to Promote Healthy Housing." Although the event can no longer accommodate additional in-person attendees, it will be Webcast live on the Surgeon General's website, www.surgeongeneral.gov.

Radon poses risk at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—Elevated levels of radon pose a significant health risk to California residents around Lake Tahoe, according to a report released by the California Geological Survey.
An estimated 23,400 people live in homes were radon is likely to equal or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter, the agency reported.

The survey found about 40 percent of California homes around Tahoe are at or above that level, and that the basement measurement from one house was more than 20 times that level.

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