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RADPAR Radon Prevention and Remediation Newsletter No. 6, May 2012

RADPAR has published the 6th edition of the European Radon Prevention and Remediation Newsletter.

Please see the attached.

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Guide for Radon Measurements in Public Buildings

This document is intended for persons and organizations intending to carry out radon measurements in public buildings. These buildings, considered dwellings, have a high occupancy rate and/or residency period for members of the public. The types of buildings include hospitals,
schools, long-term care residences and correctional facilities.

The purpose of the testing is to evaluate radon levels in order to determine the need for remedial
action to protect the dwelling residents. Occupational exposure of workers to radon is addressed separately through existing guidelines orregulations such as the Canadian Guidelines for Management of Naturally Occurring RadioactiveMaterials (NORM) and the Canada Labour Code.

The scope of this document is limited to guidance regarding types of measurement devices,
device placement, measurement duration, and the interpretation of measurement results regarding
corrective action for health protection in public buildings and schools.

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Cross Canada Survey of Radon Levels in Homes

Health Canada has published its final report on a two year cross-Canada survey of radon levels in homes. The results indicate that 6.9% of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the national guideline. Though some provinces have higher incidences of high radon levels, every province has a significant number of homes with radon concentrations above the guideline.

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Fact Sheet on Radon's Cancer Risks

The CMA has joined forces with Health Canada to remind Canadians - and their physicians - that the cancer risk posed by household radon gas is particularly acute for smokers.

"Almost 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking," says a new fact sheet designed for physicians to distribute to patients. "Radon exposure is linked to approximately 10% of lung cancers in Canada and is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers."

The connection between cancer and radon - a gas produced naturally as uranium breaks down, which then seeps into houses - is well known. However, many people are unaware that smokers living in a high-radon environment have a one-in-three chance of developing lung cancer, compared with a one-in-20 rate for non-smokers.

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Communicating Cancer Prevention Information to State Policy Makers

This study was conducted to determine how to communicate cancer prevention information to state policy makers using policy briefs. A large portion of the cancer burden is preventable and policy interventions can play a central role in changing health outcomes.

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Dealing With Radon in Real Estate Transactions

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has published a guide to "Dealing With Radon in Real Estate Transactions." Please see attached.

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A North Jersey Homeowner's Guide to Radioactivity in Drinking Water: Uranium

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has published "A North Jersey Homeowner's Guide to Radioactivity in Drinking Water: Uranium".

Along with Uranium, this resource also references the overall procedures for testing for radon in drinking water. Please see attached.

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Making Your Mitigation System More Effective Manual

Please view the following resource entitled "Making Your Mitigaton System More Effective Manual"

Purpose:
The effort to reduce indoor radon concentrations in homes has been an on-going learning process
for the past decade. Research, funded by agencies such as NJDEPE and EPA as well as innovative
work by the private sector, has increased the knowledge of radon-reduction technology. Standardized
mitigation techniques are being offered by many professional radon mitigators across the country.

This manual is an effort to provide mitigation contractors with information to improve the
effectiveness of their mitigation systems. It is intended to help mitigators identify potential problems
in an installed mitigation system. It is not a pre-mitigation diagnostics guide.

The manual has been designed as a training aid, to be used by those offering continuing education
workshops, as well as a stand-alone technical guidance manual. It contains how-to information on

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"Follow-Up of New Jersey Homes Mitigated for Radon - Phase 2"

Please view the following attached resource entitled "Follow-Up of New Jersey Homes Mitigated for Radon - Phase 2"

Abstract:
A variety of techniques to reduce indoor radon levels have been developed and are commonly used by professional radon mitigators and the do-it-yourself homeowner. This project was designed to investigate radon mitigation systems that have been installed in homes in New Jersey, with the objectives of identifying causes of system failure or success, and transferring that knowledge to the private and public sectors.

To reach the objectives, Building Research Associates, (BRA), working under the "Follow-up of New Jersey Homes Mitigated for Radon - Phase I" project, investigated 100 homes across New Jersey that had been mitigated for radon. That project identified several deficiencies in the mitigation systems that were suspected to be the cause of a system's failure to maintain radon concentrations below the 4.0 pCih level.

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Radon Professionals in the United States

Please see the following attached poster which contains information concerning the distribution of Radon Professionals in the United States. Thank you to Mike Kitto for providing us with this information.

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