Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:49 pm Post subject: Volunteer Households on SI needed for citizen radon sampling
From Jan 16, 2012 to Jan 19, 2012 (included)
|Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Natural gas contains radon; this has always been the case. But now, fracking is releasing gas that's more radioactive, from reserves very close to NYC, and the gas we use to cook and do laundry may be about to change. Some experts estimate that gas from the nearby Marcellus is up to 70 times more radioactive than the gas we currently use.
Would you like to volunteer to test radon in your home?
The radon issue is about to heat up––and guess what? This is Radon Awareness Month.
Because radon was largely overlooked in both the SGEIS and the Spectra dEIS, it could become a key way to stall the regulatory process. As a major health hazard to urban residents, it could cripple the buildout of pipelines and fracking. Several key testimonies to the DEC focused on radon, including those by Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, who calculates 11.9 million residents will be affected: http://rwma.com/Marcellus_Radon
So here's what we need:
2OO volunteers across the 5 boroughs to establish a baseline radon reading.
These 2OO volunteers should be able to commit to retesting next winter, and possibly the winter after that. Right now, we are simply calling for volunteers.
Why do we need that?
What we want to do is establish what the average citywide radon reading is, and confirm that it is currently within safe limits (considered less than 5 pico curies per liter)
We also want to track specific individual readings over time, to see if the radon level increases as New York's gas supply changes. If Con Edison gets their wish, the Spectra pipeline could be online, delivering fracked Marcellus gas by 2013. Only by tracking the radon level of our gas supply can we hold officials accountable for keeping our city safe.
What do you have to do?
Follow instructions precisely. The radon tests are EASY to administer (I did it over the holidays), you just have to do it exactly as instructed. It's simply a small packet that you hang up and leave alone for 3-7 days. During that time you should be able to cook or do laundry using your gas appliance as much as possible. You'll need to supply us with a copy of your test results, your name and address.
When would this happen?
Because windows must remain closed during the test, we should complete testing before the weather warms up again. Our goal is to submit all tests to the lab by the end of February.
How much would this cost?
If you do the radon test yourself, it costs $15 for each test. However, we are working now to subsidize the tests. We hope to announce those details by Jan 30th. But if you'd like to go ahead and test right away, we'll tell you how.
So, are you in?
Please rsvp to this email BEFORE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th, confirming that you want to be part of this sampling program. Please provide your full name and home address when replying. If you want to wait until Jan 30th, let us know, we'll update you about subsidies when you reply. OR, if you want to do your radon test right away, we'll tell you how.
And, while you're at it:
Help us find 2OO friends to join our program! They must live within the 5 boroughs and be willing to retest for 2 more winters.
Thanks a ton!
You are participating in a very important citizen action that will benefit the entire city.
Living the Drill
United for Action