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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

Housing impacts health: New WHO Guidelines on Housing and Health

Housing impacts health: New WHO Guidelines on Housing and Health

WHO Housing and health guidelines


Recommendations to promote healthy housing for a sustainable and equitable future

Improved housing conditions can save lives, prevent disease, increase quality of life, reduce poverty, and help mitigate climate change. Housing is becoming increasingly important to health in light of urban growth, ageing populations and climate change.


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A Free Way to Check if There's Radon in Your Home

According to a state study, Oneida County is listed as an area testing high in levels of radon.
that's anything above the radioactive measurement of four Picocuries per liter.

"Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas," said Francis Zimmer, the Senior Public Health Sanitarian of the Oneida County Health Department.

Zimmer said it's common to find radon in the soil under your home. But problems arise if the gas comes up through basement.

"It comes in through the cracks and crevices, the joints, the sump pumps. It can build up to higher levels get caught," Zimmer said.

Like anything else, long term exposure can have dangerous effects on your health. Zimmer said having high levels of Radon in your home is comparable to having one X-Ray per day.

"So it's doing damage to your lungs and the problem is lung cancer," Zimmer said.

Free Radon Kits Available

CHARLEVOIX – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan will offer free radon test kits the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 to encourage testing in conjunction with National Radon Action Month.

Free test kits — which include the testing device, along with postage to send the device to a laboratory for laboratory analysis and report — are available at health department offices in Bellaire, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Gaylord. Those interested in receiving a kit will need to bring their tax identification number with them to obtain one from the health department. Kits are also available from some hardware stores and home improvement centers — but since these don't always include postage and analysis, the health department recommends reading the packaging carefully.

Dangerous Radon Levels in 4,400 Hudson Valley Homes

Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer, is found in dangerous levels in homes across the Hudson Valley. An invisible threat, radon at a level above the EPA guideline was found in more than 4,000 homes tested in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties in October 2017, according to the New York Health Department.

For example, the state estimates that nearly half the home basements in Dutchess County have higher radon levels than the federal safety guideline, with about one in three homes in Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties so affected, based on short term tests taken in the basement of a home under closed house conditions. About 15-17 percent of home basements in Rockland and Westchester are above the guideline.

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National Radon Action Month

PLANE CRASHES; 400 IOWANS KILLED. This headline would cause an investigation, yet every year approximately 400 Iowans die from radon-induced lung cancer, and few seem to notice.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium in the soil left behind by glaciers. Iowa has the highest incidence of radon in the country.

The Surgeon General warns that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, five out of seven homes have an unacceptable level of radon.

The average radon concentration in every Iowa county is above the EPA action level of 4.0pCi/L. Since radon levels aren’t constant, every home (no matter the kind of foundation or age of the home) should be tested at least every two years. Testing is the only way to know a radon level. There is no immediate symptom that will alert you to the presence of radon.

Radon Can Be Deadly, But Very Few Nebraskans Test Their Homes

Health officials say Nebraska has one of the worst radon emission rates in the country and while many homes have dangerous radon levels, residents may be oblivious.

Research scientist Dan Tranter says the colorless, odorless, radioactive gas occurs naturally, rising up from the soil — and it can be deadly.

“If you breathe radon for a long period of time, it damages your lungs, which can lead to lung cancer,” Tranter says. “It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.” Overall, radon is the third-leading cause of cancer in Nebraska, behind smoking and second-hand smoke.

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Free Radon Test Kits, Programs Offered at Several Washoe County Libraries

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will be offering an informational presentation and free radon test kits at several Washoe County library locations.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and one in four homes tested in Nevada have elevated radon concentrations.

January 2018 Radon Programs

  • Wednesday, January 17, 4 p.m. - Verdi Community Library and Nature Center (270 Bridge Street)

February 2018 Radon Programs

  • Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m. - South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Parkway)
  • Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m. - Northwest Reno Library (2325 Robb Drive)

Find out more here.