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Canada plans 800 building code changes

Canada's engineers, architects and builders will get their first look later this month at what could be major revisions to the national building code.

Canadian Consulting Engineer is reporting this week in its online newsletter that the feds will introduce 800 technical changes covering the building code, the fire code and the plumbing code on November 29.

The codes were last updated in 2005.

Some of the changes will encompass public gathering spaces such as sports arenas and stadiums, churches, lecture halls and theaters.

There are changes earthquake design, air quality, radon protection, and water conservation, among others.

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EPA State Radon Surveys versus state collected data

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I have heard increasing criticisms over the last few years that the EPA radon potential maps are not as accurate (in predicting areas with increased potential for radon exposure) as state collected screening measurement data. Has anyone performed any detailed comparisons within their state? I am particularly interested in comparisons performed in the Midwest.

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Bill Field

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Permissible Limits of Radon Concentrations

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I would like to know the most recent permissible limits of Radon Concentrations in air and for drinking water set up by UNSCEAR, ICRP and EPA.

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D.Maibam

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New faces in state radiation programs

Utah’s radiation programs have new leaders.

The new director of the Radiation Control Division is Rusty Lundberg, who has worked in the state’s solid waste and sustainability programs.

Lundberg replaces Dane Finerfrock, who has led radiation programs for the past seven years and retires at the month’s end.

“Rusty has excellent management and leadership skills,” said Utah Department of Environmental Quality Director Amanda Smith, “and will do an outstanding job in the Division of Radiation Control.”

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Question on Condo Mitigation in NJ

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This question is being posted on behalf of Eleanor Wilson, who contacted RadonLeaders.org with her question. We have also forwarded her question to the NJ Radon Program. Please feel free to chime in with your answer and/or feedback below. Thank you!

From Ms. Wilson:
I live in a condominium in Northwest , NJ . Because of a personal situation, I must sell my condo. However, the radon readings are too high and the home is considered "non-saleable". The Condo Management has put in 3 separate fans in the complex, however it does not cover my unit. Other units had the same problem and the put separate radon mitigation systems in those units. Now they are asking under what circumstances should they be responsible for installing a separate radon mitigation system.

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B6, Nutrient Slash Lung Cancer Risk

Smokers who have higher levels of vitamin B-6 and certain essential proteins in their blood have a lower risk of getting lung cancer than those deficient in these nutrients, according to a study by cancer specialists.

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Biggest radiation threat is due to medical scans

We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests.

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Granite Countertop Radon Information from LIVESTRONG

Granite Countertop Radon Information from LIVESTRONG

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Mineral crystals form the colors, mottling and striations that make granite an attractive choice for countertops, but those crystals can contain radioactive elements like uranium. Over time, uranium breaks down into a gas called radon. Radon is radioactive and you can't detect it by sight, smell or taste, which leaves consumers wondering about the safety of granite countertops.

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Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program Rolling out Statewide in July

Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program Rolling out Statewide in July

DETROIT, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is introducing the Environmental Cancer Program to physicians statewide July 1.

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The program trains primary care physicians to accurately identify and diagnose cancers and other serious illnesses resulting from exposure to arsenic, radon and asbestos, three of the state's most frequently encountered carcinogens.

Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, FCCP, of Karmanos is director and author of the program. Dr. Harbut is an occupational and environmental medical expert.

Real estate law made simple: How to assemble the right team for a real estate transaction

Assembling the right team in a real estate transaction can often make the difference between getting your dream home and watching it slip through your fingers. Much like a well orchestrated team in the operating room, each of whom has a discrete role and executes it – hopefully – with precision, the right players in your real estate transaction can have a huge impact on success.

So who are the players and what do they do? Here’s a primer on the team that will help you pick a winning lineup in your next transaction.