RadonLeaders.org
Skip top navigation

Government

Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas

Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas

Benjamin Wolfgang and his sister, Sage, are thrilled to play in their basement again. And their mother, Dawn, is breathing easier knowing that Rutgers helped install a system to remove radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer – from their home.

“As soon as the workers left, both our children ran downstairs and danced around their former playroom singing, ‘They fixed the poison gas! They fixed the poison gas!’’’ Dawn Wolfgang said. “I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.’’

As part of a three-year project, the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers has helped install mitigation systems to protect low-income families from radon, a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country

Click the link below to read the inspirational story of activist Linda D’Agostino from the latest issue of Radon Reporter, published by AARST. Learn how Linda and others helped plan very successful media outreach in Pennsylvania.

"Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country," Radon Reporter, Spring 2010

Radio Story on Radon

You can access a transcript from this page by clicking the “read” button or listen to story by clicking the “listen” button.

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

User photo for: Bill Barnes

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?

Thanks,

Bill Barnes

0
Your rating: None

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

User photo for: Jani

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

0
Your rating: None