HHT Presentation: Radon

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Presentation by Eric Frohmberg, Maine Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, on Radon in Maine at the Maine Asthma Coalition's Healthy Homes Training.

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HHT Presentation: Radon

  1. 1. Radon in Maine Eric FrohmbergMaine Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
  2. 2. Radon • Why do we care about radon? • What should I do? • What does MeCDC have to offer?Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  3. 3. Radon in Maine 50% 33% Of Maine homes Of Maine homes report may have indoor air levels that they have tested of radon above 2 pCi/L their indoor air for radonMaine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  4. 4. How bad is radon? PERC Radon in Water 5 in a million 3 in a thousandless cancer risk more MTBE Chlordane Radon in Air3 in a million 70 in a million 2 pCi/L 1 in a hundred to 1 in a thousand
  5. 5. What is Radon? Quick Decay – releasing radiation Radon -222 Radon - 222 Radium-226 Uranium-238Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  6. 6. How Radon Enters a Home Through the foundation Through the wellMaine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  7. 7. How do I find out if radon is in my house?Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  8. 8. Where can I get a test kit? If you are testing a home as part of a housing transaction …. - the test must be performed by a certified radon tester - the sample must be analyzed by a certified testing laboratory (see www.maineradiationcontrol.org for a list) Required by the Maine Radon Registration Act A homeowner can test their own home unless it is during a real estate transactionMaine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  9. 9. Radon and rental units Need to test (registered tester) by 2012 and each 10 years after that. Need to tell tenants of the results Need to abate if above 4 pCi/L (use registered mitigator)Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  10. 10. Notes on Testing Water -Water contributes to air -Testing water is tricky – -levels can fluctuate, -the act of testing can reduce the level in the water.Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  11. 11. What do I do? DO NOT automatically treat above 2 pCi/L. • Between 2- 4 in air, call. • High levels, obviously treat. DO NOT automatically treat above 4,000 pCi/L in well water. • Need BOTH air and water measures • Between 4,000-10,000 in water, call. • High levels, obviously treat.Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program
  12. 12. To Summarize: Radon causes lung cancer It is common in Maine EVERYONE need to test
  13. 13. QUESTIONS Radon Program: 1-800-232-0842 http://www.maineradiationcontrol.org Email: radon.dhhs@maine.gov Well Water: 1-866-292-3474 http://wellwater.maine.gov Email: ehu@maine.govMaine Center for Disease Control & Prevention • Environmental & Occupational Health Program

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