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Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 Dr. Bill Field gave testimony on radon to the President's Cancer Panel. The 2008-2009 overall topic being addressed by the Panel is Environmental Factors in Cancer, with the December 4th session addressing Indoor/Outdoor Air Pollution and Water Contamination.

Dr. Field's has kindly made his slides available for review. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format (Slides: 1-33 presentation slides; Slides: 34-43 White Paper testimony).

Press coverage of the meeting is available here.

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

On Friday, December 5, 2008 CRCPD E-25 Chair Bill Bell and EPA's Susie Shimek held a session titled Radon and Schools at the 9th Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Slides from other sessions are available on the Symposium website.

ATSDR Releases Toxological Profile for Radon to Public Comment

ATSDR has released the draft Toxilogical Profile for Radon. You can obtain a copy from the ATSDR Website. Public comments period ends on February 27, 2009.

Order your NRAM Collateral Now

It is time to place your order for free radon collateral to supplement your 2009 National Radon Action Month outreach activities and events. Orders will be processed by TV Access, a contractor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Only requests from regional, state, local government radon contacts will be filled until December 17, 2008.

After that date, TV Access will begin filling orders received from other radon stakeholders while supplies last.

The collateral of pens, sticky note pads, and rulers are imprinted “Live Healthy & Green – Test for Radon, www.epa.gov/radon”. Pens and note pads are white, with a green trim and imprint. The rulers are green with a white imprint . You can order 1-2 boxes of sticky post its, one box of pens, one box of rulers. Send an email with the following information to : orders@tvaccess.com.

In the email please state QUANTITY* AND DELIVERY INFORMATION (see below):

QUANTITY* requested:

Funeral arrangements for Dave Chase

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Dave Chase - a friend to many of us in the radon program died suddenly over the weekend.
Here is the info regarding funeral arrangements as of Tuesday evening.

All - This info is from Rick Rumba in NH.
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Hello everyone,
I just spoke with Dave’s sisters. Calling hours for Dave will be at the
Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301 on Sunday
November 30 from 4-6pm, and the funeral service will be at the same
location on Monday December 1 at 12:00 noon (䐢
http://www.watersfuneralhome.com/).

Since I’m not familiar with all of Dave’s friends and professional
contacts, I’d appreciate it if you would forward this information to
anyone else who knew and/or worked with Dave.

Thanks again,
Rick

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House from Heck

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Hello Everyone- I recently received an email from a homeowner and a mitigator on a difficult mitigation job. This is a home in the mountains of Colorado. Any ideas and/or suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Here are the details from the homeowner:

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Green Collar Jobs

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During the Presidential campaign both candidates touted the creation of "green-collar jobs" as a centerpiece of their economic policies. The media usually equated green collar with jobs in the renewable energy sector. However, a very compelling case can be made that environmental services, like radon testing, mitigation, and RRNC are also green collar jobs.

Perhaps we need to start building a case on how increased radon mitigation not only saves lives, but creates jobs. Does anyone have some facts and figures that could help support this argument?

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National Radon Action Month Webinar: October 21, 2008

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SAVE THE DATE for the National Radon Action Month Webinar: October 21, 2008!

Dear Radon Partners,

Please join us from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, for the National Radon Action Month Webinar titled, “State Radon Program Innovative Approaches,” hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA supports the radon community in sharing best practices for reaching new audiences and improving radon outreach techniques to increase the number of homes tested and ultimately save lives from radon-induced lung cancer. Together, under the Radon Leaders Saving Lives Campaign, we can reach the goal to double the number of lives saved from radon exposure over five years.

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New Federal Legislation Introduced

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On September 29, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Research, Hazard Intervention, and National Outreach for Healthier Housing Act (S.3654). Among other provisions, the bill would create new Health Hazard Reduction Grant program in HUD to address home health and safety hazards, including radon testing and mitigation. The grants would be authorized at $10 million a year.

The legislation isn't likely to be considered this session, but could be reintroduced next year.

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Any other state radon programs in danger of being eliminated?

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Given the recent news about George in California, who else is worried?

Is there a way to prepare to make arguments against elimination? (i.e., data showing impact)

Can we help each other (such as posting on the Portal resource page letters to Governors in support of radon programs?).

Please discuss

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