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The Resource Bank features materials and tools such as Webinars and regional pacing event presentations.

NCHH Multifamily Radon Proposal

Action hearings regarding the National Center for Healthy Housing's (NCHH) Multifamily Radon Proposal will occur at the end of this month.

The proposal outlines revised amendments to the International Building Code (IBC). These amendments would require the addition of radon resistant new construction provisions to construction codes for educational properties and multifamily residential properties, helping to ensure that new housing and schools do not have dangerous levels of radon.

Read the proposal, here: http://www.nchh.org/Portals/0/Contents/Multifamily%20Radon%20Proposal%20-%20IBC.pdf.

And remember to look out for verdicts from the upcoming action hearings!


Radon Testing in Child Care Centers

The following document shows the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) radon testing guidelines for childer care centers. The document provides recommendations for staff and parents.

Read more here: http://njradon.org/scl_day.htm


Hud Contact Information for Questions About the New Mortgage Letter on Radon

The following attachment provides a contact list for all HUD regional and national contacts. These individuals can be contacted for clarification in regards to the new mortgage letter onr radon.


NEHA Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) Training

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and commitment in radon resistant techniques?
If so, then this training opportunity is for you!

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in cooperation with U.S. EPA Indoor Environments Division, is sponsoring a 2½ day all-expenses-paid training for environmental health (EH) professionals to implement radon resistant new construction (RRNC).

For more information please see attached.


Role of Repair Gene Polymorphism in Estimating the Sensitivity of Human Genome to Excess Radon Concentrations

Role of Repair Gene Polymorphism in Estimating the Sensitivity of Human Genome to Excess Radon Concentrations Exceeding Maximum Permissible Level

Abstract: The paper gives the results of investigating chromosome aberrations in human peripheral blood lymphocytes due to DNA repair genes, such as hOGG1, ADPRT, APE1, XRCC1, XpG, XpC, XpD, and NBS1, upon long-term exposure to excess indoor radon concentrations. The frequency of chromosome aberrations was found to be significantly lower in the carriers of the genotype hOGG1 326 Ser/Ser (versus the variant Ser/Cys), APE1 148 Asp/Asp (versus Val/Ala and Ala/Ala). The study polymorphic systems were shown to be of value in giving rise to individual types of chromosome aberrations (single fragments and chromosome exchanges).

Read more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22184996


EPA’s FY 2014 Budget in Brief

The EPA’s FY 2014 Annual Performance Plan and President’s Budget requests $8.153 billion, $296 million or 3.5 percent below FY 2012 Enacted funding. The EPA’s budget request includes a balanced approach to meeting the core program responsibilities in FY 2014 and into the future by investing in transformational change and making necessary reductions to programmatic spending and significant cuts to infrastructure financing. As part of adapting to the current fiscal reality, the FY 2014 budget focuses on core work and significantly reduces or eliminates programs where the mission has been largely achieved or can be accomplished by other organizations - either public or
private. The budget also reflects savings from program and operational efficiencies, changes to the EPA’s workforce, and continued efforts to manage the EPA’s real estate footprint.

Please see the attached document for more information.


New 2013 EPA Radon Fact Sheet

A new February 2013 EPA Radon Fact Sheet. This document is customizable and may be used for business marketing purposes.

please see attached.


Federal Radon Action Plan - 2013 Accomplishments Report

The Federal Radon Action Plan 2013 Accomplishments Report.

Please see the attached document for more information.


Podcast: Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon

The National Institute of Environmental Science's "Environmental Health Chat" podcast series has released a short podcast entitled "Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon". Many homes in the United States harbor an invisible guest — radon. Exposure to this colorless, odorless gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In this podcast, Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) discuss the latest radon research and what you can do to protect your family.

See more detail here: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/sphb/programs/peph/podcasts/index.cfm


RADPAR Scientific Report

The RADPAR Project is a joint European effort to expand knowledge on the human response to radon, and on this basis create principles for reliable information and recommendations on radon prevention and remediation. The Project’s consortium, which includes 12 associated partners from 10 EU countries, ensures wide geographical coverage and reflectance of different EU situations and building practices.

Please see attached for a full report.