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Northeast Kingdom Community Action Tests Child Care Centers for Radon

BARTON – The Vermont Department of Health is testing child care facilities in Newport, Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury and Derby for radon gas at the request of Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA). Eventually, NEKCA hopes to test all 14 of their early childhood education centers. Nearly 200 children are educated and cared for by NEKCA Head Start.

“By testing for radon and switching to ‘greener’ cleaning products, we can create a better environment for the children,” said Linda Michniewicz, program director for NEKCA Head Start. “We want to reduce the risk of radon, and work to improve the overall air quality as well.”

The testing is mandated nationally by Head Start and included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Action Plan to reduce the risk of radon in schools and childcare facilities. Prolonged exposure to radon, a colorless, ordorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Landlords Favor New Radon Law

Maine legislators will consider repealing and replacing a nearly four-year-old law that required radon gas testing and mitigation in rental housing but has yet to be enforced.

Sen. Rodney Whittemore, R-Skowhegan, has submitted a less stringent bill that would eliminate mandatory testing for the radioactive gas in rentals. It would require landlords to notify current and prospective tenants only if they know a rental property has a radon hazard that hasn't been mitigated.

Leaders of landlord groups across Maine support LD 328. Meeting the mandates of the existing law is too expensive, they say, costing as much as $150 to test and $3,000 to mitigate some buildings.

They also say the law is unfair because the state doesn't require radon testing for owner-occupied, single-family homes.

(AARST) Releases Nation's First Radon Mitigation Standard for Multifamily Housing

(AARST) Releases Nation's First Radon Mitigation Standard for Multifamily Housing

The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards has announced the release of a Provisional American National Standard for radon mitigation professionals entitled, "Radon Mitigation Standards In Multifamily Buildings." The new document establishes preliminary standards for mitigating multifamily housing in the United States.

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) believes this material necessary for fixing the problem of radon exposure (radioactivity) in multi-family housing.

“Up until now," said Gary Hodgden, Chair of the Executive Stakeholder Committee at AARST’s Standards Organization, “we have been witnessing that building owners and occupants of multifamily buildings are conducting radon testing but are faced with a problem. No standards or guidance documents have existed for mitigating radon (radioactivity) from apartments or multifamily dwellings.”
"I am happy to report that a document now exists to help remedy that situation.

Radon is a Silent Killer, and Minnesota is a 'High-Risk' State for it

You can't see it or smell it. It occurs naturally anywhere there's soil. It seeps into your home, exposing you to radioactive particles.

And it's the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Yet radon remains an underappreciated risk.

"It's been a long time that we've focused on smoking and lung cancer, with good reason," said Dr. Peter Raynor, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. "When you're then taking a look at something that's the next level down, it's going to get less attention."

Public health officials are trying to change that.

January nationally has been deemed "Radon Action Month." The Minnesota Department of Health, with help from local government agencies, has launched a campaign to increase awareness and encourage homeowners to test for the invisible gas.

Radon Health Hazards Stressed During January

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Coming up in January, the National Cancer Institute, the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control encourage you to test your home for radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless and radioactive gas that forms from the breakdown of Uranium.

One in 15 homes contains high levels of rddon, according to the EPA, and Harvard University ranks Radon as America's #1 home hazard.

The first step toward lowering your risk is by getting a measurement of the radon levels inside your home.

A measurement can cost between $100 and $250, according to Jerry Peterson, home inspector and owner of Peterson Radon Services in Butte.

January 2013 is National Radon Action Month in U.S.A. | Take Action Against America's Leading Household Killer! SWAT Environmental is Saving Lives.

The Surgeon General of The United States is urging home and business owners to test for this deadly gas. Radon levels are typically higher in the winter months and the threat may be at its greatest in January. For this reason, Environmental Protection Agency is designating January 2013 as National Radon Month. For more information, contact S.W.A.T. Environmental at 1-800-NO-RADON.

Many people probably have barely even heard of radon; much less know it has earned its own awareness initiative, National Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas capable of unexpectedly leaking into your home. Each year, despite the attempts of concerned individuals during National Radon Month, radon claims the lives of thousands. It is the second leading source of fatal lung cancer because it results from natural causes and can ail literally any building. As such, the EPA has delegated January as National Radon Month.

More Testing Homes For Dangerous Radon

Second-hand smoke is often linked to lung cancer. But across the country, more cases and deaths are tied to having elevated levels of radon gas in homes.

"Radon is a component of indoor air quality and over the last few years, it is more prevalent. People are looking into it more and getting their homes checked," Mike Austad of Dakota Radon Mitigation said.

Austad says getting your home tested will cost between $40 and $125. Most tests are done while a house is for sale.

"I've heard the number that eight out of ten or nine out of ten homes in our area have radon levels that are above what the E.P.A. recommends," Lee Johnson of HJN Team said.

Radon Remedy | Surge in Testing Fuels Modifications to Area Homes

Radon Remedy | Surge in Testing Fuels Modifications to Area Homes

Radon — the odorless, colorless gas found in Ohio soil — isn’t so invisible anymore.

The number of Ohio homes tested for the gas has skyrocketed the past few years after dropping during the recession.

Last year, 23,494 Ohio properties were tested for radon, compared with 1,464 in 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

About half the tests detect radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit of 4.0 picocuries per liter.

The result: Radon mitigation “stacks” — plastic pipes typically attached to the side of a house to draw the gas away — are appearing throughout the state. During the past two years, almost 11,000 mitigation systems have been installed in Ohio.

Because most radon tests are done for potential buyers when a house is being sold, sellers typically bear the $1,000 cost to install the systems before the deal can go through.

SILENT KILLER: Radon In Iowa Schools and Homes

You send your children to school, assuming they will be reasonably safe. So, why is a middle school principal on a mission to warn all parents about a potential health hazard to Iowa students?

Steph Langstraat, Principal at Monroe Middle School in Prairie City is fighting back against radon, a potentially deadly chemical seeping up through the foundation of her school into classrooms and halls.

Monroe Middle School is not alone; Iowa has the highest uranium concentration in the nation. As uranium breaks-down, it releases radon gas that has potential to cause lung cancer. The gas rises up through an estimated 3/4 of the homes and building foundations in Iowa.

Silent Killer: The Risk of Radon in Siouxland Homes

SIOUX CITY | A silent killer was in Frank and Diane Gruber's Morningside home.

They didn't know it until the house was tested for radon -- a colorless, odorless gas produced by the decay of uranium. It occurs naturally in soils, rock and water.

When radon enters buildings through foundation or basement cracks, it becomes trapped and accumulates in the lowest level, usually basements. Breathing in the radioactive gas at high levels over a long period can cause lung cancer.

The radon concentration in the Grubers' home was as high as 16 pCi/L, or picocuries per liter -- four times the level at which the Environmental Protection Agency recommends corrective action be taken. After testing with a digital radon detector, the Grubers installed a radon mitigation system, which removes the gas.

More Siouxland homeowners are testing for radon, said Michelle Clausen Rosendahl, director of Environmental Services for the Siouxland District Health Department.