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January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month, a time when radon professionals, public health professionals, state leaders, and others take action to raise awareness about radon and educate people in their communities to reduce their risk from exposure to radon. In January, stakeholders throughout the nation conduct outreach and host events to raise awareness, reduce risk, and save lives.

RadonLeaders.org National Radon Action Month Features:

  • Webinar on using the Radon Change Package to amplify your results to be held on January 6, 2009. For more information view the Webinar listing in the Community Calendar. Register Now!
    UPDATE: Webinar Screencast (audio/video) is now available. Watch the Webinar now!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

To view the 2009 Radon Poster Contest winning posters – both the national winners and the first place winners for the states and tribal nations – watch the slideshow on the National Safety Council website or view the listing of 2009 Radon Poster Contest winners on the National Radon Program Services website.

When Industries Collide

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I want to relate a recent situation that a Connecticut homeowner had to experience. It all started about ten years ago when this Connecticut couple purchased their new home. The home had a water problem in one half of their basement so they called a local basement waterproofing contractor who gave them an estimate to install a partial drainage system. They agreed and had the work performed.

Several weeks later they had their home tested for radon and the levels came back at 7. They call the waterproofing contractor who proceeded to tell them it wasn’t something they handled and referred them to a radon mitigation company. The homeowner called this radon professional and he looked at the basement and recommended that their open backed drainage system should be sealed up and also proposed a radon mitigation system be installed.

The homeowner agreed and after the job the radon levels were brought down below a 1.

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The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

Although most U.S. children under age six spend up to 40 hours a week in child care settings, little has been done to protect young children from environmental health hazards like radon in child care and preschools. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental hazards and promote a healthy environment by focusing on the areas of research, policy, and education. Recognizing preschools and child care settings as a missed opportunity to address children’s environmental health. In response, CEHN launched the Georgia Healthy Environments for Child Care Facilities and Preschools (HECCP) program in 2006.

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.

Radon Gas

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Raised wood floors, crawl spaces:

Radon gas can be reduced by 99% with a quality (near zero perm) surface soil liner.
Moisture vapor can be controlled and mold eleminated or reduced to acceptable levels.

EMECOLE Inc has such a product.

www.emecole.com

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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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