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University of Minnesota Extension closings


The University of Minnesota Extension is how the University applies its research to solve problems throughout Minnesota. It operates all over the state to “deliver research-based education and information that is relevant, practical and useful” to organizations and individuals. However, Extension has been forced to close two regional offices this year due to budget pressure.

A major part of this pressure was a $1.7 million cut in funding from the state. State funding at nearly $28 million provides almost half of Extension’s budget. The state has already shown that it does not consider the University a priority by cutting $151 million in total from its budget, but cutting funding for Extension runs directly counter to the interest of Minnesota taxpayers.

Two out of five homes in Douglas test for high levels of radon

Two out of five homes in Douglas test for high levels of radon


Testing during the first half of 2009 revealed two out of five homes tested had elevated levels of the radioactive gas, one of the highest percentages in the state.

Douglas County residents turned in 912 radon tests during the first six months of year, 353 of which had levels higher than the action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

When added to previous testing, where 149, homes tested for high levels of radon out 314 usable tests, the total percentage was 40.9 percent. The total of 502 homes is the highest number in the state.

Residents packed Sheridan Acres Volunteer Fire Department in January when free radon testing kits were distributed.

A total of 255 kits were given out on a single evening and more were distributed by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Early Detection? - Blood Test for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Released

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A blood test for early detection of lung cancer has been introduced. Read more.

When homeowners have been exposed to high levels for years should they be encouraged to do a screening?

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Help Feature Radon Research

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A Radon Research section has been established on RadonLeaders.org.

There are currently six research posts in this section. What research should we be posting to this section? Do you have research papers or other relevant materials that should be posted in this section? Please let us know.

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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: