RadonLeaders.org
Skip top navigation

Radon in the News

Another Gas Hike

A study released this week shows 42% of homes tested in Illinois have excess levels of radon. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. But, it's considered the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. And, it's in abundance across this area.

Here's a reason to get out of your house this winter. A study released this week shows 42% of homes tested in Illinois have excess levels of radon. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. But, it's considered the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. And, it's in abundance across this area. Nearly 72-thousand homes were tested for the gas between 2003 and 2007. And, the state lists nine local counties where more than half the tested homes need to be treated for high radon levels.

Read More

10 "New" Reasons to Test Your Home For Radon

We have an “old” reason to test our homes for radon. Radon (found in all 50 states and around the world) is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. And we have an emotional reason. The wife of “superman,” Dana Reeve left us far too early, leaving behind an orphaned son, and a cause without her voice. Statistically as a never smoker, radon is the prime suspect in her death.

But if I can’t play on your emotions, and if you, like me, have already found your new years resolutions to be too much work, try this.

Test your home for radon because:

1. It doesn’t take any willpower.
2. You can do it once (or twice) and forget about it for a long, long time.
3. If the level is abnormal, it’s not your fault.

Read More

Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Lung cancer deaths from indoor radon and the cost effectiveness and potential of policies to reduce them

Alastair Gray, professor of health economics, Simon Read, analyst and programmer, Paul McGale, statistician, Sarah Darby, professor of medical statistics

1 Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, 2 Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Correspondence to: A Gray alastair.gray@dphpc.ox.ac.uk

Full Published Article: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jan06_1/a3110

Objective
To determine the number of deaths from lung cancer related to radon in the home and to explore the cost effectiveness of alternative policies to control indoor radon and their potential to reduce lung cancer mortality.

Design
Cost effectiveness analysis.

HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

The presentations from the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference: Building a Framework for Healthy Housing are now available on line at www.hud.gov/offices/lead/NHHC/index.cfm.

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month, a time when radon professionals, public health professionals, state leaders, and others take action to raise awareness about radon and educate people in their communities to reduce their risk from exposure to radon. In January, stakeholders throughout the nation conduct outreach and host events to raise awareness, reduce risk, and save lives.

RadonLeaders.org National Radon Action Month Features:

  • Webinar on using the Radon Change Package to amplify your results to be held on January 6, 2009. For more information view the Webinar listing in the Community Calendar. Register Now!
    UPDATE: Webinar Screencast (audio/video) is now available. Watch the Webinar now!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

To view the 2009 Radon Poster Contest winning posters – both the national winners and the first place winners for the states and tribal nations – watch the slideshow on the National Safety Council website or view the listing of 2009 Radon Poster Contest winners on the National Radon Program Services website.

CRCPD December 2008 Radon Bulletin Now Available

CRCPD December 2008 Radon Bulletin Now Available

The December 2008 issue of the CRCPD's Radon Bulletin is now available.

The Bulletin includes a report on the National Radon Training Conference, information about the Maine Radon Program, publication of suggested state regulations for radon, radon activities in Pennsylvania, the legislative successes of the Kansas Radon Program, announcement of the Region 7 Radon Stakeholders Meeting, the Living Healthy and Green campaign, and two memorial articles about Dave Chase.

To view the December 2008 Radon Bulletin please visit: http://www.crcpd.org/radon/Radon_Bulletin/Dec2008RB.pdf.

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

Although most U.S. children under age six spend up to 40 hours a week in child care settings, little has been done to protect young children from environmental health hazards like radon in child care and preschools. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental hazards and promote a healthy environment by focusing on the areas of research, policy, and education. Recognizing preschools and child care settings as a missed opportunity to address children’s environmental health. In response, CEHN launched the Georgia Healthy Environments for Child Care Facilities and Preschools (HECCP) program in 2006.

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 Dr. Bill Field gave testimony on radon to the President's Cancer Panel. The 2008-2009 overall topic being addressed by the Panel is Environmental Factors in Cancer, with the December 4th session addressing Indoor/Outdoor Air Pollution and Water Contamination.

Dr. Field's has kindly made his slides available for review. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format (Slides: 1-33 presentation slides; Slides: 34-43 White Paper testimony).

Press coverage of the meeting is available here.

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

On Friday, December 5, 2008 CRCPD E-25 Chair Bill Bell and EPA's Susie Shimek held a session titled Radon and Schools at the 9th Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Slides from other sessions are available on the Symposium website.