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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:


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

Congratulations to All 2014 Poster Contest Participants!

Thank you to everyone who participated in online voting for the National Radon Poster Contest! We appreciate your excitement for the contest and help in selecting this year's winners. Over 80 votes were cast during the online voting period. This year's award for first place goes to Sunny, Age 14, from Louisville, KY. Congratulations, Sunny!

View all four prize-winning posters at www.sosradon.org.

This year's poster contest nominees were chosen based on a wide variety of criteria including:

Georgia State Professors Awarded $300,000 to Study Environmental Health Disparities, Including Radon

Researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University have received a $300,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to examine ways to reduce heat-related illnesses and death during extreme heat and reduce radon exposure in environmental metro Atlanta.

Dr. Dajun Dai, an assistant professor in Geosciences, will head up the radon study and will work with the DeKalb County Health Department to identify which communities in Georgia’s third most populous county are at the greatest risk for radon exposure.Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the soil breaking down and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will help pay for radon testing machines that will be used to sample 200 homes in DeKalb County.

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Radon No. 1 Lung Cancer Cause in Nonsmokers

There could be a radioactive gas in your home that causes lung cancer and you wouldn’t even know it’s there.

Lung cancer kills more individuals than any other cancer and radon is estimated to cause 21,000 of those deaths each year in the U.S. Radon is a deadly, naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a health issue in Nevada, as well as worldwide. Once diagnosed with lung cancer, there is only a 15 percent five-year survival rate.

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for those who do not smoke. Smokers who are exposed to elevated levels of radon have an even greater chance of getting lung cancer.

However, radon-caused lung cancer is preventable through testing and mitigation.

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Colder Weather Increases Radon Danger

The onset of colder weather brings things indoors, including unwanted radon gas. Radon is a result of naturally-occurring uranium breakdown in rocks and soil. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas seeps up from the ground and can pool in a home.

“Because it’s colder outside and then warmer inside your home, that increases the radon levels,” said Eleanor Divver, radon project coordinator for the state of Utah.

Divver said the potentially elevated levels of the gas make colder months the best time to check for radon.

The gaseous toxin is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
One-third of the homes in Utah have elevated levels of radon, according to Divver.

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Experts Warn of the Dangers of Radon in Central Ohio Homes

It kills more people than drunken driving accidents and house fires combined.

Radon can't be seen or smelled, but it's the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States.

Radon invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings, and even directly through concrete. It can be found all across the U.S.

"It's kind of a swath through Ohio and Pennsylvania," said Eco Radon Solutions Radon Specialist David Jones. "It's more prevalent."

You can't see, smell or taste it, but when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. The radioactive gas is found at the highest levels in the lowest floors of your home - a basement, for example.

Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. While it is more common in some areas than others, any home can have a radon problem.

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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.

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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.

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