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The Environment Report: Radon Continues to Plague Americans

Confusion centers on chemicals and cancer

Experts disagree on how worried people should be about exposure

After Kate Canada had her first child three years ago, phthalates was the chemical that health-conscious moms like her went out of their way to avoid. So she tossed the plastic toys and replaced them with wooden ones.

When she had a second daughter this year, BPA became the substance to fear. So she bought new baby bottles and got vigilant about stocking her pantry with all things BPA-free.

Then, a few weeks ago, she heard about an annual report from the President's Cancer Panel that, for the first time, painted a dire picture about potential cancer risks from a legion of environmental hazards. At that point, she threw up her hands.

"Parents shouldn't have to be chemists and shouldn't have to worry about every little thing," said Canada, 34, of Rodgers Forge. "It just seems to be never-ending. It's like, what's next?"

Environmental cancer risks may be more dangerous than you think

Household and workplace chemicals might contribute to a larger percentage of cancer deaths than previously thought, according to a presidential panel.

Read the full LA Times Story

New York Times Op-Ed: New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer

Condominiums Solve Radon Problem With Help of National Experts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Residents of the Condominiums at Latta Pavilion, 1320 Fillmore Ave. in Charlotte, have solved a challenging radon problem with the help of national experts and a $700,000 investment in a new ventilation system.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is found throughout the world. In many homes radon levels become elevated. Radon can be as carcinogenic as second-hand smoke if it is concentrated. The EPA recommends everyone test the radon levels in their home.

New test ID's Smokers prone to lung cancer

NBC and some other news outlets have a story about finding early 'precancerous' lung cells that can potentailly be turned back to normal with an over the counter medication. One issue not discussed is that some scientists believe that lung cancer in non-smokers (and maybe from radon) may be a different diease and we don't know if this will work for the non-smoking group as well.

Web URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/ns/nightly_news

Special Condition: Mitigation Question

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Queston: I have a special condition where I have a walk-out basement and a
perimeter drain tile that empties to atmosphere through a hillside. (no sump
crcock) My mitigation tech wants to connect to the drain tile to lower the
Rn level in the home.

I can't see this working very well to pull negative pressure from the sub
slab area.

Any recommendations?


Bill Barnes

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Call for Radon Device Study work group by April 19-2010

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Call for Work Group Participants:
Design of EPA Radon Device Performance Study

Contact Jani Palmer at palmer.janise@epa.gov by Monday, April 19th if interested

EPA is designing a device performance study collaboratively with other radon stakeholders. Members of the Work Group should be prepared to openly discuss the study design and identify issues and concerns that may affect their stakeholder group.

Summary and Timeline:
Results from the Radon Device Performance Study will be used to ascertain whether devices are providing accurate and reliable results to the public.

Following is the schedule of events for the Device Study Work Group.
• April 19—contact Jani Palmer to confirm your interest
• May 5, 130-330 EST—First conference call for Work Group (initial discussion of
concerns, issues and needs that affect the study design).
• May 6-June 8—continue discussions by phone and email
• June 12—EPA sends draft design to Work Group

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How scientists can monitor radon gas emissions

How scientists can monitor radon gas emissions

Radon can give a clue to earthquake activity – but how does Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani measure the radioactive gas?

Radon is a radioactive gas, with no colour or smell. It is slightly heavier than air, chemically inert, and is made – after stages of decay and mutation – from uranium. Radon diffuses out of the earth in small, variable quantities all the time, but these can increase when reductions in pressure allow radon (or fluids carrying it in solution) to escape to the surface. Such pressure drops can accompany – or precede – the shearing of rocks in an earthquake.

Students Create Radon Awareness Videos

Students in Chatham, IL are putting their creativity to the test.

Glenwood High School students are competing in a radon awareness contest. They submitted five videos to the American Lung Association. It's to show the public about health hazards associated with radioactive gas.

Students used everything from digital editing systems to green screens to create their projects. Glenwood High School offers its students a comprehensive broadcasting program. One that has grown in recent years.

"Even when I started here sophomore year we didn't have near this much equipment. We had four computers to edit on now we have like 20 or so to use. It's really nice cause I'm looking to go into this field and so any experience I can get before entering college is really helpful," say senior Scott Vennell.