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Radioactive granite: Hot topic at radon symposium

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Radon and radiation from granite countertops are on the agenda for a September scientific Symposium.

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) meet every September to discuss issues related to radioactive radon gas in homes. This year, AARST will have five peer-reviewed presentations on radioactive granite, plus a panel discussion on the topic.

REGISTER for Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

REGISTER for Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

Please join us for a discussion on EPA’s Long-Term Strategy for radon. The National Radon Program is developing a long-term vision and strategy and we want to hear from you.

Register for a Webinar discussion on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, from 1-3 PM, EST.

The Webinar will include break-out discussions of strategies EPA might pursue under three possible program scenarios: (1) existing resources and authority; (2) increased resources and existing authority; and (3) increased resources and increased authority.

To participate, you must register in advance for one of the three Webinar break-out discussions. Please select one of the following discussion options:

  • Participate in a Webinar discussion focused on EPA’s Long-Term Strategy options assuming Existing Resources, and Existing Authority by registering at: http://tiny.cc/OBLK0

10 Tips on Writing for the Web

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During EPA's recent Webinar, Get Caught in the ‘Net: Building Your Web Strategy to Reduce Radon Risk, Clark Eldredge and Jorge Laguna of the Florida Radon and Indoor Air Toxics Program shared specific examples of how they have worked to improve the Florida Program’s web site. These improvements have increased their web traffic and reduced the number of inquiry phone calls to their office, helping them efficiently meet the information needs of their audience.

One of the actions that Clark and Jorge took to improve their web site was to reduce and simplify the text on their home page. They also took time to segment their audiences by considering the type of person that would access the site and then organizing the information so it was easier to find, improving the user experience.

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NAHB Green Building Standard & Radon

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This really is old news, but it seems so significant that it’s worth a posting. In January, the National Association of Home Builders unveiled its final version of the NAHB Green Building Standard. It has been accepted as an ANSI standard. Thus, it is no longer a guideline, but a standard with ANSI status. The remarkable thing about this standard is its position on radon. It is mandatory that buildings located in Zone 1 have radon control measures (in accordance with ICC IRC Appendix F). If a passive system is installed the builder garners 10 points

But here is the remarkable thing: If an active system is installed it’s 15 points.

This is the first mention that I know of for active systems in any building guideline or standard and it is in the STANDARD written by and for the national builders association.

It gets better:

If a passive system is installed in Zone 2, the builder gets 10 points.

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SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Webinar: Provide Feedback on EPA's Long-term Strategy on Radon

UPDATE, Thursday, August 6, 2009

To register for this Webinar please Click Here.

EPA is developing a Long-term Strategy to meet its mandates on radon, and is seeking input from the radon community.

During June, 2009, EPA collected feedback from individual stakeholders via a poll on RadonLeaders.org. EPA is hosting a second opportunity for individual stakeholders to provide feedback on its Long-term Strategy during a Webinar on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, from 1-3 PM, EST. Please save the date for this Webinar!

Registered attendees will receive a draft copy of the EPA Long-term Strategy prior to the Webinar. All attendees will be able to provide feedback on the Strategy during the Webinar. Webinar registration details and other information will be added to this Website shortly.


Upcoming Webinar - Get Caught in the ‘Net: Building Your Web Strategy to Reduce Radon Risk

Be sure to attend the next radon Webinar! EPA will be hosting a Webinar titled Get Caught in the ‘Net: Building Your Web Strategy to Reduce Radon Risk on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 1:00 PM ET.

Did you know? Nearly 3 out of 4 internet users rely on web searches to find health or medical information? EPA and the state radon programs play an essential role in providing the public with the most accurate and complete information about radon risk. While having a program website is an important start, it is only the first step. During the Webinar, you will hear from the Florida State Radon Program, as they discuss their everyday web outreach challenges and share best practices for how to develop or improve upon your own web strategy.

Attend the Get Caught in the ‘Net Webinar to learn the simple, proven techniques that the Florida State Radon Program is using to:

We Want You! Share Your Feedback on Important Radon Issues

We Want You!  Share Your Feedback on Important Radon Issues

UPDATED June 19, 2009

In this InFocus we update you on two major opportunities to share feedback on important national radon issues.

National Radon Chamber & Calibration Protocols/Standards: Comments Sought on Chambers and Device Calibration

Comments may be submitted until 11:59PM on Sunday, June 28, 2009. Please visit the Standards Comment page for full details and to share your input.

Surgeon General Call to Action to Promote Healthy Housing

The Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., will hold an event on June 9 in Washington, DC, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, to release his "Call to Action to Promote Healthy Housing." Although the event can no longer accommodate additional in-person attendees, it will be Webcast live on the Surgeon General's website, www.surgeongeneral.gov.

Safety Of Granite Countertops Questioned

BOSTON -- For many homeowners, granite is the countertop of choice, but could it pose a health risk?

Debate is simmering around the country about whether granite may emit potentially dangerous radon.

NewsCenter 5's Liz Brunner reported that a Texas physicist who tests granite slabs said there is no question there is a potential for risk. He said some slabs emit much more gamma radiation than what comes naturally from the ground.

"Especially when you have 100 square feet of it or 50 square feet of it in a kitchen," Rice University physicist William Llope said.

"What we can do is tell you that this countertop is more dangerous than this one," said granite salesman Al Gebhart.

Some granite salesmen nationwide go so far as to test what they sell.

"My position is that consumers ought to know that up front and let them decide whether to take it or not," Gebhart said.

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