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Radon: A Serious Consideration in Your Home

A dangerous gas called radon could be a serious threat to your home.

Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and it's responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. That's more fatalities than those caused from drunk driving.

News 5's Dara Newson spoke with Energy Pioneer Solutions today on what they're trying to do to keep homes in and around Hastings safe.

Watch the video here: http://www.khastv.com/news/local/Radon-PKG-140258063.html

High levels of radon have been found in over 50 percent of Nebraska homes. When News 5 spoke with Kevin Burlew, the Project manager for Energy Pioneer, he said their recommending that all homes in Hastings and surrounding areas receive a radon measurement.

You can't see, smell or taste it. But, at any given time this lurking odorless gas could seep right through the cracks, holes or leaks in basements of your home.

Radon Awareness Week: Protecting Your Home From A Silent Killer

Time.com "Moneyland" Blog by Alison Rogers

In case you didn’t know, it’s Radon Awareness Week — which is no World Environment Day, true, but is gaining ground.

In honor of this momentous quasi-occasion, here’s a primer on the dangers of exposure to radon and how to protect yourself and your family.

Radon is a radioactive gas, a byproduct of uranium decay, that becomes dangerous when it builds up in your home. Despite scary headlines about granite countertops giving off radon – The New York Times once asked, “What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?” — the greatest risk by far is emissions from the soil underneath your house coming up into the house itself. There is a high likelihood of radon in Iowa and in the Appalachian Mountains, due to the geology of those areas, but it can occur in any of the 50 states. (Click here for the EPA’s map of radon zones).

Radon's Hidden Dangers

When the home they were selling tested higher than the EPA safe limit level on radon, Jacqueline and Jeffrey Spinks of Boylston said they would fix the problem.

A test on the Spinks’ 20-year-old Colonial-style house in June had shown a reading of 6.5 picocuries per liter, which had increased from the 3.9 pCi/L they had measured when they bought the house four years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency safe limit level is 4 pCi/L.

The Spinks were willing to mitigate the radon, but their buyers backed out.

They installed a system with Eagle Environmental, a certified radon mitigation firm in West Boylston, which brought the radon concentration down to 0.4 pCi/L, but the buyers “didn’t want to take a chance,” Mrs. Spinks said.

“Everybody knows if you have a house in Massachusetts, you’re going to have a radon level,” Mrs. Spinks said.

Radon exposure and baseline testing

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I recently received a call from a concerned citizen about radon exposure and any baseline testing she should discuss with her doctor as a result of the exposure. I relayed the Physicians Guide, but it doesn't really talk about testing, scans or monitoring if one was exposed to radon gas. Is there any additional literature that I could forward to her?

~Michelle Moyer

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2011 International Radon Symposium Registration

2011 International Radon Symposium Registration

Online Registration Is Now Available for the 2011 International Radon Symposium, Save these Dates: October 16-19, 2011 for the Hilton Orlando Resort - Beuna Vista, Florida -- Network with Professional Radon Colleagues; Fulfill Your C.E. Requirements at the Hilton Orlando In Buena Vista (Orlando) Florida. Register now for what promises to be a fun and empowering event right across the Street from Disney World Downtown Orlando!

Hotel Accommodations: Make this a Destination Vacation Too!
This year, you can come early to the Hotel and Stay late for the same Symposium discounted rate but please register for your hotel EARLY.

Important Dates to Note:

September 15, 2011 - Deadline for Early Bird Symposium Registration Discount

Radon and loan qualification

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To all:

Was wondering if anyone has ran across any situations where the lender has made it mandatory for the radon ( after a radon test has been done ) to be at a certain level?

I am working with a realtor on a job where she stated that the loan originator ( from the Chicago area ) has noted that they will not guarantee the loan or give a interest rate lock until a radon system is installed in the house in question and provide a test where the radon level is at 2.0 pCi/L or lower.

The realtor is speculating that this lender ( and more lenders to come in the near future ) is going to make this more of a reality on loans in general due to the existing market conditions. Any thoughts?

Jim Medley
Radon Systems 4U LLC

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Radon Discovered in Florida Homes and Condos

Radon exceeding EPA limits has been discovered in Florida homes and condos. Several independent studies have concluded the source is contaminated concrete.

"You probably thought radon was only found in northern states with rocky soil, well guess again because it’s being discovered in homes and condos all over Florida," according to Kevin Dickenson, a Palm Beach real estate agent with Prudential Florida Realty.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for more deaths every year than drunk drivers, according to the EPA. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless and colorless radioactive gas that can be found in soil, granite, concrete and water. Before you get too excited, radon is also found in the air we breathe, and depending upon where you live, it can be as high as 0.75 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) according to Air Chek, Inc.

The EPA recommends fixing your home if radon levels are 4.0 pCi/L or higher.

Canada plans 800 building code changes

Canada's engineers, architects and builders will get their first look later this month at what could be major revisions to the national building code.

Canadian Consulting Engineer is reporting this week in its online newsletter that the feds will introduce 800 technical changes covering the building code, the fire code and the plumbing code on November 29.

The codes were last updated in 2005.

Some of the changes will encompass public gathering spaces such as sports arenas and stadiums, churches, lecture halls and theaters.

There are changes earthquake design, air quality, radon protection, and water conservation, among others.

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Permissible Limits of Radon Concentrations

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I would like to know the most recent permissible limits of Radon Concentrations in air and for drinking water set up by UNSCEAR, ICRP and EPA.


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Question on Condo Mitigation in NJ

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This question is being posted on behalf of Eleanor Wilson, who contacted RadonLeaders.org with her question. We have also forwarded her question to the NJ Radon Program. Please feel free to chime in with your answer and/or feedback below. Thank you!

From Ms. Wilson:
I live in a condominium in Northwest , NJ . Because of a personal situation, I must sell my condo. However, the radon readings are too high and the home is considered "non-saleable". The Condo Management has put in 3 separate fans in the complex, however it does not cover my unit. Other units had the same problem and the put separate radon mitigation systems in those units. Now they are asking under what circumstances should they be responsible for installing a separate radon mitigation system.

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