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Grand Forks receives grant for radon education in schools

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund is supporting health care officials, educators and community leaders in Grand Forks who will work to address the risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer by creating an education program for children.

The goal is to raise awareness of the cancer-causing gas so more people will test for it and mitigate the problem if levels are too high, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences professor Gary Schwartz said.

"Radon is really an invisible but very real health hazard for North Dakotans, and a lot of people don't know anything about it," he said.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by decaying uranium in the earth. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Free Radon Testing for West End Residents

A recent state grant is allowing the Telluride Foundation to launch the Radon Information & Protection Program, offering free radon testing to area homeowners until the end of September.

In partnership with the San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) and the International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology (iCAST), the program leverages grant money from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to provide the free testing for the first 30 people who receive a San Miguel Power Partners home energy assessment from SMPA.

President of the Telluride Foundation Paul Major explains that the idea came when the foundation recognized there was unused grant money for San Miguel county from the CDPHE. “We were looking at this as money being left behind for our county,” he says. “We feel like, if there are opportunities out there to support the community we should go after those funding resources.”

Montana State University Professor Wins Grant

Laura Larsson, an assistant professor at Montana State University’s College of Nursing, has won a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how to reduce radon exposure among low-income people. Radon, a decay product of uranium, has been found in dangerously high concentrations in the West and other mountainous regions of the country. Testing for harmful levels of the colorless, odorless gas often occurs during real-estate transactions. Because low-income people are more likely to rent instead of purchase their homes, they are less likely to test for the presence of radon. Larsson plans to test strategies that she hopes will encourage low-income tenants to purchase subsidized radon home test kits and test for high levels of the noxious gas.

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EPA Request for Proposals

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8 July 2009
Notice of Funding Availability (USEPA-IAQ/IEQ)

EPA has announced a Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposals on
Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants.
This Notice/announcement is available from the following websites:

EPA Air and Radiation Website:

The Notice is listed under: Office of Radiation & Indoor Air
The closing date is September 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm (EDT)

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Seeking Project Proposals for EPA CARE Grant Program

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See the notice below for EPA's CARE program. At least one CARE community in the past has focused on radon as their primary issue.

Notice of Funds Availability: Community Action for a Renewed Environment

The U.S. EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program has approximately $3 million in competitive funding to award. Project proposals are due March 16th, 2009. Selected proposals will be funded using cooperative agreements. Visit www.epa.gov/care on how to apply and for details on informational Webcasts to be held on February 24th and 27th.

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