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January is National Radon Action Month


Wed, Jan 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 6, 2010) - EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.



What is radon?

Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that causes no immediate health symptoms but medium and long-term exposures can cause lung cancer. It comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth. Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Buildings with high levels can usually be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. EPA information - http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html



EPA estimates that one in every 15 homes nationwide has a high level of radon at or above the recommended action level of 4 picoCuries (pCi/L) per liter of air.



Healthy Homes

The Healthy Homes Community Initiative (HHCI) is a demonstration pilot project in which EPA Region 7 partners with environmental, health, and energy organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Partners provide educational information and services to help community members address concerns related to health and the indoor environment. A collaborative approach is used to address health and environmental concerns within the home.



Components of the initiative include:

Community Train-the-Trainer Sessions - Sessions are designed to make community members more effective at helping others learn about health and the home environment.

Outreach at Community Events - Healthy Homes outreach and educational information is provided at neighborhood events.

Community Presentations - Presentations are given to community leaders, parent groups, and service providers to increase awareness about health and the home environment.

Media Campaign - Educational and resource information is provided in a clear and concise way so community members know where to seek help or resources associated with health and the home environment.



Publications:

HHCI Fact Sheet (PDF)

Steps to a Healthy Home brochure (PDF)

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home booklet (PDF) and en Español (PDF)

Safer Cleaning Resource Guide (PDF) and en Español (PDF)



Media Materials - http://www.epa.gov/radon/rnpsa.html

EPA has developed a wide variety of media materials, including public service announcements (PSAs) and video news releases (VNRs). These materials are available in television (MPG format), radio (MP3 format), newspaper, and print formats (press-ready PDF) for posting in public places. To view, listen to, and/or order these materials, please visit - www.epapsa.com



Some radio stations may also have received radon-themed recordings from state legislators who attended the National Council for State Legislatures Legislative Summit in July 2009. State legislators from Region 7 states who made recordings include:



Iowa Senate Majority Leader - Sen. Michael Gronstal - District 50 - Council Bluffs

Iowa State Sen. Staci Appel - District 37 - Ackworth

Iowa House Speaker - Rep. Pat Murphy - District 28 - Dubuque

Iowa State Rep. Thomas (Tom) Schueller - District 25 - Jackson County

Missouri State Rep. Bertram (Bert) Atkins - District 75 - Florrisant

Missouri State Rep. J.C Kuessner - District 152 - Eminence

Missouri State Rep. Sue Schoemehl - District 100 - St. Louis

Nebraska State Sen. Brenda Council - District 11 - Omaha

Nebraska State Sen. Gwen Howard - District 9 - Omaha

Nebraska State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist - District 7 - Omaha



Access to experts

If you are interested in developing a story about radon, EPA can provide information and materials to support your effort. EPA can help you identify top scientific and medical experts at the forefront of indoor air quality research to address environmental health issues, including radon and indoor air quality.



Basic Information for Consumers

Citizen's Guide to Radon - http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon - http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html

Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction - http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html



Resources and Contact Information

Indoor air pollution can pose risks to human health, especially sensitive populations, and has ranked among the top four environmental risks in relative risk reports. Chemicals and compounds contributing to indoor air pollution include radon, environmental tobacco smoke, organic chemicals and biological contaminants. The primary goal of the Region 7 Indoor Air Quality Program continues to be improving the quality of indoor air for Americans who live or work in homes, schools or office buildings.



Region 7 radon program contacts -

Media - David Bryan, bryan.david@epa.gov, (913) 551-7433

Events/activities coordination - Bob Dye, dye.robert@epa.gov, (913) 551-7605



Radon Contacts and Information

Missouri

· http://www.epa.gov/iaq/states/missouri.html

· http://www.dhss.mo.gov/Radon/

Iowa

· http://www.epa.gov/iaq/states/iowa.html

· http://www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/radon.asp

Nebraska

· http://www.epa.gov/iaq/states/nebraska.html

· http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/radon/

Kansas

· http://www.epa.gov/iaq/states/kansas.html

· http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/



State Regulations on Radon Service providers

Several states have regulations on radon service providers. Below is a list of states with licensing or certification requirements. Visit these web sites to see current lists of radon service providers.



Iowa - Iowa radon home page - http://www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/radon.asp

Nebraska - Nebraska radon home page - http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon/

Kansas - http://www.kansasradonprogram.org/Current_RnCertProg.pdf

Note: Kansas uses amended National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) lists. Kansas does not have s state certification program

Missouri - uses NEHA National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP)

NEHA National Radon Proficiency Program - http://www.radongas.org/

National Radon Safety Board - http://www.nrsb.org/index.html

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