The 2017 Radon Poster Contest winners have been announced as part of National Radon Action Month. The American Lung Association (ALA) and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) co-sponsor the poster contest with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
“Radon is the leading cause of death in homes and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. The only way to know your radon has a radon problem is to test,” said Patrick Daniels, chair of the CRCPD Radon Committee.
Children ages 9-14 were eligible to participate in the nationwide contest to promote radon awareness. Ten states submitted their winning entries for consideration. The American Lung Association has provided $1,500 in prize money to the three winners.
The 2017 posters winners and their prizes include:
First Place: Victoria R., Florida – $1000;
Second Place: Joshua F., Nevada – $300; and
Third Place: Lucille D., Colorado – $200.
As part of National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors have partnered, with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to announce the winners of the 2016 National Radon Poster Contest.
The contest is held each year across the nation to raise awareness of radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil and is found in every state. Radon can enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Lung Association, and other partners are announcing a strategy for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 through radon exposure reduction strategies. Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The goal to save these lives will be achieved by reducing high radon levels in five million homes, apartments, schools and childcare centers. The partnership includes three federal departments and agencies, and nine national organizations.
“EPA is very pleased to be a partner in this important life-saving effort to prevent lung cancer caused by radon. Working together creates new opportunities for reducing the risk from radon. Combining our resources will save American lives by magnifying our effectiveness in preventing exposure to radon in homes and schools,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
After nearly 30 years of operating since the passage of the 1988 Indoor Radon Abatement Act, AARST has routinely notified policy makers that more Americans may be at risk from radon than ever before, despite years of government, non-government and industry effort to address radon risk reduction. In 2010, nine federal agencies came together to develop the Federal Radon Action Plan and to launch more than 30 new projects that promote radon action through three approaches:
• Testing for and mitigating high radon in buildings using professional radon services.
• Providing financial incentives and direct support where needed for radon risk reduction.
• Demonstrating the importance, feasibility and value of radon risk reduction.
AARST Position Statement
Public Health Risk and Public Policy Concerning Radon Gas
"We must protect the public from lung cancer caused by indoor radon.
Protracted radon exposure increases the risk of all types of lung cancer."
Radon-222 (hereafter called radon) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas, produced naturally in rocks and soil by the decay of uranium-238 and subsequently radium-226. Radon, with a radioactive half-life of about four days, enters homes and other buildings through cracks and penetrations in the building foundation. Radon gas usually exists at lower concentrations outdoors, but radon is typically present at a higher concentration indoors. A high radon gas concentration in a home or workplace increases the risk of radon-related lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among individuals who have never smoked, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Builders in Iowa would be required to install radon mitigation systems in new homes under legislation that has won approval in an Iowa Senate committee.
The bill moved out of the State Government Committee on Wednesday. Under the proposal, new homes must be built with radon mitigation pipes. If the homeowner discovers radon, they can add a fan to use the system.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can leak through cracks in building foundations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls radon the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The agency also says Iowa's 99 counties are in the agency's highest risk zone for exposure.
A similar bill was approved by the Democratic-majority Senate two years ago but failed to advance in the Republican-controlled House.
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The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), has released four American National Standards for radon measurement and mitigation that will greatly enhance radon risk reduction in the United States. These new standards will be available for shipping on February 1, 2014 at www.aarst.org/bookstore.shtml
The new ANSI-approved standards were developed by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, and include advances in consensus standards for mitigating radon in multi-family housing, and in large buildings and schools, as well as standards for measuring radon in single family homes and in large buildings and schools.
Gary Hodgden, Chair of the AARST National Radon Standards Consortium Executive Stakeholders Committee, announced that the four standards approved through the ANSI accredited process include:
Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings (RMS-MF 2014)
2015 International Radon Symposium
Call for Papers
The AARST 2015 International Radon Symposium welcomes the participation of members of the scientific and medical community, radon testers, diagnosticians, mitigators, educators, public policy leaders and business leaders as well as consumers, both nationally and internationally.
Abstracts: Your abstract should convey in 150 words or less, the essence of the intended presentation clearly indicating the contribution it will make. Abstracts will be screened by the AARST Editorial Board. Authors who are not experienced in writing abstracts should look at examples of abstracts from previous symposia and duplicate their format. These can be found on the AARST.org website. Abstracts which do not follow this accepted format will not be accepted.
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:
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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