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 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:
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
Contests promote awareness of radioactive gas linked to lung cancer
SPRINGFIELD--(ENEWSPF)--May 9, 2013. Students from across the state recently put their creative talents to work to help spread the message about the hazards of radioactive radon gas. More than 700 posters and 224 one-minute YouTube videos were submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) for consideration in the agencies’ annual contests.
“The students who created these posters and videos are incredibly creative,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “They took a very serious topic, the hazards of radon, and presented it in fun, innovative ways.”
The top winners and their prizes include:
- 1st place – Alanna Buttitta, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, $200
- 2nd place – Alice Tysse, Connor Shaw Center, Peotone, $150
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill designed to increase awareness of radon for people buying a home in Minnesota has passed the state legislature.
The bill's author, State Representative Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights tells KARE 11 the house passed the bill late last week. The bill is expected to be signed into to law by Governor Mark Dayton this week.
The bill, also known as the Radon Awareness Act, requires sellers to provide information to buyers about any history of radon testing and mitigation in the home, along with literature explaining the dangers of radon.
In a recent KARE 11 Extra, health experts claimed radon gas caused about 700 deaths a year in Minnesota and 21,000 nationwide. They believe it is the second leading death of lung cancer in the United States and the highest among non-smokers.
She knew better and did nothing.
For Lois Turner Dees, that's the most frustrating part of knowing that radon in her home contributed to her diagnosis of lung cancer.
She knew radon was a dangerous, known cause of lung cancer and prevalent in Central Kentucky, but she never had her home tested.
"It just wasn't a high priority," said Dees. "We knew you could have radon tests; we just didn't get it done."
When she says "we" she means herself and her late husband, Larry Turner, who bought the house in 2000. She still lives there.
Some remember Dees, who remarried shortly after her cancer diagnosis in 2011, as one of the public faces of grief after the crash of Comair flight 5191 in August 2006, in which her husband and 48 others were killed. Turner's was the first public funeral, drawing 1,200 people from among the many who knew him from his job as head of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office.
An estimated one in three Minnesota homes harbors high levels of radon. However, testing for the radioactive gas before buying or selling a home can lead to reduced health risks, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, with more than 21,000 deaths attributable to radon each year. It is the greatest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Yet radon exposure is largely preventable.
MDH estimates that one in three Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a considerable health risk of lung cancer over many years of exposure. Homes with high radon levels are fixable, but first they must be tested. MDH is highlighting radon testing during National Public Health Week, April 1 through 7.
Testing for radon during the sale of a home is an opportune time:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken significant steps towards eliminating radon exposure in renter-occupied homes by issuing two new policies that will incorporate radon testing and mitigation into HUD programs to help prevent some of the estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths radon causes in the United States every year.
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing new policy requires radon testing and, if applicable, mitigation for most new FHA-insured construction, conversion and substantial rehabilitation projects, as well as most FHA-insured refinance transactions. Radon testing and mitigation is not required for refinance projects located in low risk areas, or if a certified Radon Professional determines that radon risk is sufficiently low for the project.