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

Static Pressure Calculator

Attached, please find a .pdf version of a Static Pressure Calculator for your usage.

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Radon Webinars (Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency)

As a reminder, a number of webinars are available on the Environmental Protection Agency's Radon page at the following location:

http://www.epa.gov/radon/webinars/

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Call to Action Radon Information Page

Call to Action To Reduce Lung Cancer from Radon in American Homes

Document Resource Bank for Call to Action Meeting - December 9, 2011

The members of this coalition are committed to reducing radon exposure to prevent lung cancer and save lives, by stimulating synergies among advocates, public sector programs, property owners, industry, and others to apply well-documented cost-effective interventions to the nation’s highest risk real estate assets. We support the following five strategies:

• The Federal Action Plan - as the basic foundation for nation-wide progress;
• Adoption of radon resistant construction requirements for Zones 1 and 2 in all building-related codes and standards(models, national policy, state laws, and local ordinances);
• Policies and programs that provide for testing and mitigation of existing single and multi-family housing in conjunction with real estate transactions, retrofits, renovations, and refinancing;

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International Radon Brochures

Radon experts from Switzerland, South Tyrol, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Austria have worked out four brochures for the public (prevention, measurement, mitigation, thermal retroffitting).

The brochures are unique as they combine and concentrate the knowledge and experiences of experts from different (Alpine) countries.

Even though some aspects may be specific to the construction technologies and building characteristics of Alpine countries you may find these brochures helpful for your work, too.

Please feel free to pass on the documents to anyone who might be interested in them.

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Healthy House Reference Manual

There is a free Healthy House Reference Manual available (limited to 1 hard copy or a CD or download a copy) at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/publications/factsheets/HealthyHousingReferenceManual.pdf

Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.

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Radium Content of Oil- and Gas-Field Produced Waters in the Northern Appalachian Basin (USA): Summary and Discussion of Data

Abstract
Radium activity data for waters co-produced with oil and gas in New York and Pennsylvania have been compiled from publicly available sources and are presented together with new data for six wells, including one time series. When available, total dissolved solids (TDS), and gross alpha and gross beta particle activities also were compiled.

Data from the 1990s and earlier are from sandstone and limestone oil/gas reservoirs of Cambrian-Mississippian age; however, the recent data are almost exclusively from the Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale represents a vast resource of natural gas the size and significance of which have only recently been recognized. Exploitation of the Marcellus involves hydraulic fracturing of the shale to release tightly held gas. Analyses of the water produced with the gas commonly show elevated levels of salinity and radium.

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Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, Radiation Consequences

An interesting publication is released from Japan: “The time variation of dose rate artificially increased by the Fukushima nuclear crisis.”

This is of great interest to everyone anxious to know about the radiation consequences of the incident. To understand the results in perspective, another document "Nuclear radiation and Health Effects” is also attached. This document also provides exposures during Chernobyl accident. Because the units of radiation are in SI units, following conversion Table (may not be exact) but is useful for those of us who are familiar with US units.

Conversions from SI units to US units

Radiation dose (or exposure) rates:

1 µSv/h = 1 µGy/h = 100 µrad/h = 115 µR/h

Normal BG =0 .08 µGy/h = 9.2 µR/h

High Dose rates in Japan = 36 µGy/h = 4140 µR/h

Dose and Exposures

1 Sv is equal to 1 Gy (for gamma radiation)

1 Gy = 100 rad = 115 R

High Exposures in Japan =68 mSv = 68 mGy = 7820 mR

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Environmental Radiation Fact Sheet

Health Physics Society
Specialists in Radiation Safety
Linnea E. Wahl, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Health Physics Society is a nonprofit scientific professional organization whose mission is excellence in the sci-ence and practice of radiation safety. Formed in 1956, the Society has approximately 5,500 scientists, physicians, en-gineers, lawyers, and other professionals. Activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information.

http://hps.org/documents/environmental_radiation_fact_sheet.pdf

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Role of Vegetation in Enhancing Radon Concentration and Ion Production in the Atmosphere

E.R. Jayaratne, X. Ling, and L. Morawska
International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation,
Queensland University of Technology, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia

The role of ions in the production of atmospheric particles has gained wide interest due to their profound impact on climate. Away from anthropogenic sources, molecules are ionized by alpha radiation from radon exhaled from the ground and cosmic γ radiation from space. These molecular ions quickly form into “cluster ions”, typically smaller than about 1.5 nm. Using our measurements and the published literature, we present evidence to show that cluster ion concentrations in forest areas are consistently higher than outside.Owing to the low range of alpha particles, radon present deep in the ground cannot

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