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:
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.
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.
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.
About one of every three Americans will develop some form of malignancy during his or her lifetime. This year alone, about 1,437,000 new cases will be diagnosed, and more than 565,000 people will die of the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, and as deaths from heart disease decline, it's poised to assume the dubious distinction of becoming our leading killer.
You don't have to be an international scientist to understand how you can try to protect yourself and your family.
The 10 commandments of cancer prevention are:
Stakeholder Meetings: Connecting & Sharing ResourcesThere have been several radon stakeholder meetings this spring. We want to briefly update you on these meetings, and to share tools and resources that have come from them.
2009 National Radon Action Month Results Are In! Submit Your Feedback by May 4
The results for the 2009 National Radon Action Month are now available! Provide feedback about your involvement in the 2009 National Radon Action Month by May 4!
In an effort to reduce the number of lives lost to radon-induced lung cancer, state programs, radon professionals, schools, and partner organizations across the country worked together in 2009 to raise radon awareness. You reported a total of 1,874 events and activities – nearly two times higher than the number of submissions in 2008; and compared with 2007, more than eleven times higher. Wow!
Prior to the recent earthquake in Italy, scientist Giampaolo Giuliani warned an earthquake might be imminent based on a spike in radon emissions readings. For more coverage on this story see the links below:
• New York Times
• NPR Science Friday