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Radon Conference Scheduled March 9 in Columbia, Mo.

Release Date: 03/07/2011
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557 or 816-719-6375 (cell for event only), lancaster.kris@epa.gov

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(Kansas City, Kan., March 7, 2011) - EPA representatives and state officials will host a radon conference on March 9 in Columbia, Mo. Radon is a serious public health threat that leads to more than 21,000 deaths per year.

The goal of the conference is to engage key stakeholders in the radon program, share information, receive feedback and help direct the next phases of the program. Agencies are working together to create a risk reduction plan for radon that will help save lives and create safer and healthier homes. The conference includes sessions about ways to prevent radon from entering the home, strategies to enhance public awareness, and worker health and safety issues. Members of the public may participate in the conference at no cost.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided.

If your home hasn’t been tested for radon within the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action. Contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.

WHO: Representatives of EPA, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Iowa Department of Public Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

WHAT: Radon conference. (Interview availability with EPA Region 7 Environmental Scientist Bob Dye from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 9

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