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"HomeView: Purging Homes of a Silent Killer", Ontario Lung Association, July 17, 2014, Northumberland Review

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 17, 2014) - Exposure to colourless, odourless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. That is why the Ontario Lung Association is urging MPPs from all parties to support Bill 11, The Radon Awareness and Prevention Act 2014, when it arrives in the legislature for second reading today.

Read the full article here: http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=29787

24th National Radon Training Conference, September 28 to October 1, 2014 - Charleston, SC

24th National Radon Training Conference, September 28 to October 1, 2014 - Charleston, SC

Announcement and Invitation
24th National Radon Training Conference
September 28 – October 1, 2014
Charleston Marriott
Charleston, South Carolina

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) is sponsoring this conference and training with financial assistance from:

Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

We invite you to join us in Charleston, South Carolina and look forward to seeing you there. Please find a tentative agenda, announcement, and invitation, along with other important information about this conference at the CRCPD website.

28th International Radon Symposium – Charleston-bound to Lead, Learn, Mentor, Communicate, and Contribute!

28th International Radon Symposium – Charleston-bound to Lead, Learn, Mentor, Communicate, and Contribute!

The 2014 International Radon Symposium, to be held this year in Charleston, South Carolina, from September 28th to October 1st, gains momentum as Science and Research submissions have been accepted and Pre-Symposium continuing education program selected.  These courses are designed for professionals, both new to the field and experienced, who are seeking to elevate their National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) credentials with the new NRPP Add-On Certificates.  The full Symposium schedule is packed from Sunday, September 28, through Wednesday, October 1, at noon.

This cancer kills more women than breast cancer, do you know what it is?

Breast cancer may be the primary cancer that affects women in the United States,but it is not the leading cause of cancer deaths among women.

According to a new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) breast cancer is responsible for the deaths of approximately 22 women out of every 100,000 annually, but lung cancer claims the lives of 38 out of 100,000 women. Not only is the lung cancer mortality higher, the majority of women polled had no idea how prevalent the disease was.

Read the full article here.

School Radon Bill Still Alive but Testing Removed

Plans to require radon testing in schools statewide were sidelined this week by Republican lawmakers and school officials who worry positive tests would expose districts and the state to serious liability and expensive repairs.

Supporters of the Democratic-led legislation had strong criticism that the bill under consideration now only requires districts to report on whether they've conducted tests and have a plan to reduce radon if it's found.

"Saying we're not even going to look to see if there's a problem, I think, is a stunning dereliction of duty and I'm very disappointed in that," Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, at a news conference Thursday. "If you're going to be responsible you should test and deal with the problems that testing reveals but putting our head in the sand just means more people will die of lung cancer."

Iowa House passes school radon bill with no testing

An Iowa House turned legislation mandating schools test for radon gas, which is believed to be a leading cause of lung cancer, into a “toothless tiger” Wednesday, according to the bill’s Senate floor manager.

An amendment unanimously approved by the House Local Government Committee makes the bill “virtually meaningless,” Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, said.

The amendment stripped provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter. The Legislative Services Agency estimated that cost to be $1.9 million, which House floor manager Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, said was based on “educated guesses.”

McCoy’s bill, approved by the Senate 37-10 a year ago, also proscribed a course of remediation if the tests showed radon gas at or above four picocuries per liter and further testing.

What buyers and sellers should know about radon: this deadly gas can threaten a home sale as well as your health

About one in 15 U.S. homes contain radon—a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. And because radon lurks in nearly all soil, it can creep into holes or cracks in the walls or foundation of any home, risking your health if you’re a buyer and quashing the deal if you’re looking to sell.

Radon risks increase in winter, when tightly closed windows and today’s better-sealed homes help trap radon indoors and let levels rise high enough to be harmful. In recognition of National Radon Action Month, here are some ways to protect your health—and keep radon from coming between you and your new home.

If you’re buying a home

EPA Proposes Adding New York City Radiation Site to Superfund Program

A radioactively contaminated commercial block in the New York City borough of Queens is being proposed for inclusion in the federal Superfund cleanup program, a senior Environmental Protection Agency official said Wednesday.

The site—an area with stores, small factories and apartment buildings in the 1100 block of Irving Avenue—was home to a now-defunct company called Wolff-Alport Chemical Corp., which handled radioactive materials for commercial customers and the federal government in the 1940s and 1950s.

Government surveys have found that radioactive contamination got into the ground and sewers during those activities. A 2012 federal health study said radiation coming up through the ground could raise the long-term risk of cancer for anyone who spent much time on parts of the block.

State Laws Come into Play with Radon Detection

The federal government’s goal with Radon Awareness Week this year is to prevent lung cancer deaths.

Health agencies across the country have been teaming up this week to try to tackle the amount of deaths caused by the naturally occurring, invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

A news release from the Surgeon General said a recent Harvard Study ranked radon to be country’s top-ranked in-home hazard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 20,000 people die each year of radon-related lung cancer.

Because it permeates into poorly vented homes through basements, walls and in the foundation, and can accumulate over time, there are easy ways to detect and fix the problem areas.

One difficulty a local home inspector, Sam Morris of Top to Bottom Home Inspection LLC, has come across is that the state doesn’t require radon tests during real estate transactions.

7 Reasons to Consider Indoor Air-Quality Testing

Air isn't as light as it seems. It's pushing on your skin right now with up to 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, a weight so familiar you can't feel it. Your lungs feel it, though, especially when it's bogged down with toxins. And while we tend to think of air pollution as an outdoor threat, it can be even worse inside the buildings where we live and work.

The causes of indoor air pollution vary from region to region, house to house and even room to room. Contaminated air seeps in from outside, but it also wafts up from a smorgasbord of indoor sources like construction materials, consumer products, mold, insects and pets. Poor ventilation can let it accumulate to dangerous levels, a problem that often spikes in fall and winter as we seal up buildings to conserve heat.