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Weeklong series of events to highlight EPA’s 40 years protecting American communities WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will hold several events kicking off a weeklong commemoration of EPA’s 40th Anniversary on Monday. Monday morning, the Aspen Institute will unveil their list of EPA’s most significant achievements over the past 40 years. Following that, Administrator Jackson will participate in a discussion of that list with Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute. Reporters wishing to attend the event at the Aspen Institute should RSVP to Jeffrey Harris at jeffrey.harris@aspeninstitute.org. In the afternoon, the administrator will travel…

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Kathleen E. Carey, The Delaware County Daily Times Delaware Countians at high risk of developing lung cancer may have recently gotten another lease on life. Thanks to Dr. Raymond J. Vivacqua, medical director of the Crozer Regional Cancer Center, and his participating partners, an evaluation procedure called the Family Lung Assessment Program, which is accessible to all people, offers free identification surveys and low-cost CAT scans for specific populations in jeopardy of developing lung cancer. “I’m hoping to reduce the number of people scanned so we target the people who need it,” Vivacqua said. Although the program has been in…

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Rona Fischman, The Boston Globe Sam Schneiderman, broker owner of Great Boston Home Team (our Monday guy) looks again at what to do about radon testing. Last week, I mentioned a story about a radon inspection dispute that ended in court. The buyer wanted to cancel the purchase due to high radon results, but the seller refused to return the buyer’s deposit because the radon test was not performed to EPA standards. Our vigilant readers reviewed EPA protocols and noted that a radon test done in an unfinished area does not meet EPA guidelines. A spirited discussion about the proper…

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Discussion: Why Radon Matters Ted Garrison with Gloria Linnertz and Dr. Joseph Leach Gloria Linnertz is Vice President of Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) and Board member of American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). CanSAR is dedicated to preventing radon-induced lung cancer and saving lives through radon education and awareness. Dr. Joseph Leach is the medical director of oncology at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and is a member of the thoracic oncology program at Abbott Northwestern hospital. He specializes in lung cancer and is an advisor to MN Dept of Health on radon. Listen to the full interview…

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Friends and colleagues: I am looking for any data of ventilation rates in residential high-rise buildings, and possible radon in them, for a literature review and short paper. I have two studies now, by Tom Pugh of FL A&M (5 buildings, 5 units) and Bill Brodhead working in NC (1 building, 5 units). They both show low ventilation and elevated radon levels in units above the 3rd floor. The source is likely to be concrete, but I'd like to find more data. Florida's radon office also has radon data from around 1,000 tests conducted above the 3rd floor. A third…

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Temperature Calibration Formula for Activated Charcoal Radon Collectors.pdf Radon adsorption by activated charcoal collectors is known to be largely affected by temperature and relative humidity. Quantitative models are, however, still needed for accurate radon estimation in a variable environment. The following abstract is from a paper in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity - introducting a temperature calibration formula based on the gas adsorption theory to evaluate the radon concentration in air from the average temperature, collection time and liquid scintillation count rate. View the full paper. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Volume 102, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 60-63.

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I will be doing a power point presentation at an elementary school for the students (K-5). I need help! I am looking for pictures (photos or drawings) that I can use in my power point presentation or if someone has created a power point presentation for kids these ages and I could borrow it that would be GREAT! Anything suggestion would also be appreciated Donna

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National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes November 4th - November 21st, 2010 How can we integrate efforts and overcome barriers to make homes healthy, safe, and energy efficient? Submit your ideas at http://www.greenandhealthyhomesdialogue.org/, and express the need for action to prevent radon induced lung cancer. Please take advantage of this opportunity and put forth a radon related idea by the time the window closes on Monday, November 21, 2010. Your participation will help: • Improve current and future housing programs and policies • Help our community overcome barriers • Share best practices that can be put into action For…

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National Association of Women in Health Care November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer kills more women than any other cancer – nearly 200 each day. Most die within a year of diagnosis. Yet lung cancer remains the “hidden” women’s cancer – little known and rarely discussed. It is the least funded cancer in terms of research dollars per death of all the major cancers. It’s one of the only cancers where patients are routinely blamed for causing their condition. But despite lung cancer’s strong association with tobacco use, one in five women who develop the disease has never…

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Casey Blake, Asheville Citizen-Times ASHEVILLE — Lung cancer doesn't have an iconic ribbon or well-known signature color. In fact, it doesn't even have its own support group in Western North Carolina. Yet lung cancer will take more lives this year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but as many area physicians, health workers and patients have noticed, awareness is in relatively short supply. But in even shorter supply for lung cancer patients is public empathy. In the wake of ‘Pink October's' flood of breast cancer awareness efforts, the elephant in the room…

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