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AARST Announces Emerging Risk Reduction Sectors for the 25th InternationalRadon Symposium

AARST Announces Emerging Risk Reduction Sectors for the 25th InternationalRadon Symposium

The 25th International Radon Symposium, sponsored by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), will introduce pre-conference courses and an expanded practicum section at its Springfield, Illinois conference, September 22-25, 2013. The section will concentrate on the emerging risk reduction sectors of multifamily radon testing and mitigation, and radon new construction standards.

Radon,which is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can be deemed the seventh leading cause (after leukemia when separated from lung cancer) of all cancers, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Health Radon Video

The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety and Health are teaming up to bring awareness to the dangers of radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Any home, regardless of its size or location, can pull up radon gases from the ground. Many people might be breathing in these deadly gases and never know. We hope this informational video will motivate you to get a radon test kit.

We talked to James Kelly, M.S., Supervisor for the Indoor Air Unit and asked a few questions about the video. In addition, we inquired as to other efforts that have taken place during the 2012 National Radon Action Month. First, we asked how the video came about and requested more information on how he was able to get the Commissioners of Public Safety on camera. His response was the following:

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Congratulations 2011 Radon Mini Grant Winners

CRCPD has awarded six mini-grants for the 2011 Radon Mini Grant Program. Congratulations to the following state programs and their respective community partners:

  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency and American Lung Association in Illinois
  • Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department
  • Ohio Department of Health, Indoor Radon Program and Erie County Health Department
  • Maine DHHS Radiation Control Program and the Maine Indoor Air
  • Quality Council
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Southern Illinois Hospital Services
  • Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Panhandle Public Health District

This Week Marks National Radon Action Week

The purpose of National Radon Action Week is to educate people about the health risks of radon, learning about radon gas itself, and also inform everyone how to test their homes for radon and what actions need to be taken if there are high levels of radon present.

Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes, daycares, schools, and buildings across the country. This is the time to get informed in order to stay safe and healthy in the place you spend most of your time.

Read the article online:
http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/This-week-marks-National-Radon-Action-Week-279946852.html

Knowing the Risks of Radon

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act requires that specific disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers. Disclosure has to be made by the seller, in writing, prior to signing a purchase agreement.

Disclosure includes:

1. Whether a radon test has occurred on the property

2. If a test has occurred, the most recent results are to be disclosed

3. Where the radon was found in the home, and whether or not there is a mitigation system or remediation. If there is a mitigation system, the seller must disclose where the system is.

If a home has not been tested, sellers are not required to test in order to sell their home. They are only required to disclose any knowledge of tests or radon that exists.

Read the article online:
http://www.kare11.com/story/life/home-garden/2014/10/20/knowing-the-risks-for-radon/17619541

Suburban School's Radon Report Sparks Concern

Parents are expressing concerns after a suburban school released radon test results that showed some classroom levels far exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
With some classrooms more than eight times the recommended levels from the EPA, officials at Pleasantdale Elementary in LaGrange say they’re looking into how they can reduce radon levels in the school.

The levels were elevated in 15 classrooms, according to the release. One classroom recorded levels at 34.8 pCi/L- nearly eight times the EPA guidelines. An office was at 25.3 and another classroom was at 12.4.

Read the article online:
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Suburban-Schools-Radon-Report-Sparks-Concern-279380642.html

Lung Cancer Survivor Advocating for Radon Awareness

You can’t see, smell or taste it but radon is a big threat in Iowa.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the U.S. However, because of the stigma associated with lung cancer the disease receives less funding for research, compared to other cancers.

It’s news no one ever expects to hear.

“In September 2010, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and I was 39 when I was diagnosed,” says Lori Tassin of Des Moines.

The mother of four couldn’t believe it was cancer, let alone lung cancer.

“As a non-smoker and not around second hand smoke, yes I was very shocked it was lung,” says Tassin.

It wasn’t until friends told her about radon that she made the connection between the odorless, tasteless, colorless gas and its risk for lung cancer.

Read the article online:
http://whotv.com/2014/10/07/lung-cancer-survivor-advocating-for-radon-awareness/

IG Report Finds Health Hazards in Japan Base Housing, Questions Pentagon Policy

Mold and inadequate radon gas detection are posing “serious health hazards” to servicemembers living on military bases, the Defense Department Inspector General said in a report detailing 1,057 code violations in Japan base housing.

The report found elevated levels of radon — a naturally occurring gas associated with lung cancer — in multiple buildings throughout Japan, including one at Yokosuka Naval Base that registered nearly six times higher than recommended government limits.

Read the article online:
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/ig-report-finds-health-hazards-in-japan-base-housing-questions-pentagon-policy-1.306126f

Radon: The Invisible Killer in Native Homes Across Indian Country

Radon is virtually everywhere. As the gas decays, it releases radioactive particles that can damage cells in the lungs. While no safe level has been established, it’s known that the greatest risk comes from extended exposure.

That risk increases for people who smoke, and American Indians and Alaska Natives rank highest among racial/ethnic groups for smoking in adults and youths. Almost 22 percent of AI/AN adults smoke compared to 18 percent of all U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Read the article online: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/10/01/radon-invisible-killer-native-homes-across-indian-country-157116

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Awards Grant to American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic for Work in “Radon Hot Spots”

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $99,000 grant to the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, based in Lower Allen Township, which will target 16 municipalities, including East Pennsboro, Hampden and Upper Allen townships, that have been identified as “radon hot spots.”

Over the next three years, the association and DEP’s radon division will work with the targeted municipalities to provide coupons to residents and encourage them to redeem them for a free test kit.

Read the article online: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/dep-grants-awarded-to-cumberland-county-organizations/article_76ac1ec8-3b89-11e4-b03d-fb9db178e1a7.html