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RadonLeaders.org Wins Web Award

RadonLeaders.org Wins Web Award

RadonLeaders.org has been selected as one of six winners (out of 35 nominations) for EPA's 2008 Web Workgroup Award. RadonLeaders.org is the online home of the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign, a joint initiative by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, and EPA, with the goal of doubling the lives saved from radon exposure within 5 years. RadonLeaders.org facilitates better communication and collaboration between radon leaders by providing online tools such as discussion forums, an events calendar, user blogs, and a resource bank. The award was presented at a ceremony on April 28 in Washington DC.

2009 National Radon Action Month Results Are In! Submit Your Feedback by May 4

2009 National Radon Action Month Results Are In! Submit Your Feedback by May 4

The results for the 2009 National Radon Action Month are now available! Provide feedback about your involvement in the 2009 National Radon Action Month by May 4!

In an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to radon-induced lung cancer, state programs, radon professionals, schools, and partner organizations across the country worked together in 2009 to raise radon awareness. You reported a total of 1,874 events and activities – nearly two times higher than the number of submissions in 2008; and compared with 2007, more than eleven times higher. Wow!

Cancer diagnosis gives Portlander a mission to educate others on radon

Susan McCormick felt like a million bucks.

She was in Peru in August, "the trip of a lifetime" for her. The middle school social studies teacher, then 51, and her cousin had climbed Machu Picchu, high above sea level.

It was almost time to fly back to Portland to begin the new school year at Fowler Middle School in Tigard.

Two days before Susan left Peru, she developed a dry cough that didn't seem to want to go away. "My cousin and I had stayed in a variety of hostels in Peru where you could smell mildew and mold. I thought, 'A couple days of clean air and some Benadryl, and I'll be fine.' "

But after a few days back in Oregon, she still had a cough. "No fever or congestion, just a cough."

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Radon & Earthquakes?

Prior to the recent earthquake in Italy, scientist Giampaolo Giuliani warned an earthquake might be imminent based on a spike in radon emissions readings. For more coverage on this story see the links below:
New York Times
NPR Science Friday

New CRCPD Newsbrief and Radon Bulletin Now Available

New CRCPD Newsbrief and Radon Bulletin Now Available

The CRCPD February 2009 Newsbrief and March 2009 Radon Bulletin are now available.
Radon Bulletin

Are radon fears overblown?

It's been almost 10 years since doubts about the real dangers of radon gas began nagging Dr. William K. Grosh, then a family doctor in Akron.

"I had talked with some of our local oncologists and radiologists and was surprised to learn that in spite of high levels of radon in the Reading Prong area, there was a low level of lung cancer there," says Grosh, 81, now a Moravian Manor resident.

A new study of lung cancers in Lancaster County again has Grosh wondering if the radon scare is overblown.

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Radon Day: Danger may lurk in your basement

Radon gas, which results from the decay of uranium, seeps into basements and can be a significant cause of lung cancer to residents of impacted homes.

The Grundy County Land Use Department and the Grundy County Health Department sponsored Grundy Radon Action Day at the county administration center Tuesday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness of the danger.

Illinois is a state with a high incidence of radon and area residents are urged to have their basement “or the lowest level of their residence“ tested.

Travis Jewell of Radovent Illinois explained that, as uranium“ which exists naturally in the soil “ decays, it gives off several by-products, including radon gas. This radioactive gas works its way through the soil. Because houses tend to have a negative air pressure, the radon is pulled into the basement or lowest level of the structure.

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Radon high in 40 percent of area homes

During a recent test, more than 40 percent of homes tested for radon needed to find a way to mitigate the level of the gas.

Some researchers believe that many cases of lung cancer — those not related to smoking — are caused by radon gas coming up from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in the earth and rising into homes, although there is not yet definitive proof, said Luann Boyer, Morgan County extension agent.

Family and consumer science extension agents presented radon awareness programs in 2008 and 150 of the people who were involved in the programs returned short-term tests for radon, she said.

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Is that granite counter in your home emitting radon?

Fears about granite surfaces are largely unfounded, experts say, but a test can quell homeowners' worries.

Homeowners seeking just the right granite for their countertops have something new to ponder, besides which color complements their cabinets. Some are wondering about the radiation and radon gas that might be emanating from those showy slabs.

The topic sent online forums buzzing last summer after a few high-profile media reports, including a New York Times story featuring a doctor who removed her granite after it tested high for radiation, then replaced it with a different granite.

Now scientists, including a Minnesota physicist, are testing slabs, producing papers and debating each other's findings. The Marble Institute of America recently announced it will launch a "Home Approved Stone" program to reassure consumers about granite's safety. And radon professionals say some homeowners now want their countertops tested along with the rest of the house.

Health experts warn radon threat high in Colorado

A deadly radioactive gas is lurking inside homes in every neighborhood across our state. Roughly a third of all homes in Colorado are at high risk for radon. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the threat.

The Pueblo City-County Health Department is giving away free radon test kits, while supplies last. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends you test your home for radon every two years to make sure your family stays safe.

Radon is known as the invisible killer. "Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas," said Jenny Kedward, an environmental coordinator with the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

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