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

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Federal Radon Action Plan - 2013 Accomplishments Report

The Federal Radon Action Plan 2013 Accomplishments Report.

Please see the attached document for more information.

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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

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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.

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Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality has unveiled Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action.

In addition, a mortgagee letter has been released.

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Provisional American National Standard "Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings" is Being Published by AARST

AVAILABLE Through The AARST Online Bookstore

The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards has announced release of a provisional American National Standard for radon mitigation professionals entitled, "Radon Mitigation Standards In Multifamily Buildings." The new document establishes preliminary standards for mitigating multifamily housing in the United States.

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) believes this material necessary for fixing the problem of radon exposure (radioactivity) in multi-family housing.

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