The 23rd National Radon Conference was at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel. The site selection provided conference attendees with a front row seat to view the Lincoln sites. The hotel and conference center is near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library as well as within walking distance to many other historic attractions including Lincoln’s Home, Lincoln Herndon Law Office, Old State Capitol and the Dana Thomas home to name just a few.
The National Radon Conference brings together radon professionals from National and State Agencies that deal with radon, a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Besides the governmental groups, the conference is also a draw for radon professionals. This is a culmination of two conferences, the governmental side being represented by CRCPD, and the radon professional side by AARST.
Calvin Murphy from the AARST Foundation shared information about what the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists Foundation has been doing to reduce radon induced lung cancer. “The purpose of the Corporation is to provide educational, scientific, charitable and literary resources relating to radon science and radon (radiation) risk reduction for the benefit of the American public and professionals engaged in radon research, education and radiation risk reduction,” Murphy said.
Besides serving on the AARST Foundation, Murphy is also a licensed radon mitigator, a professional that reduces radon in homes and buildings, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He has spent many hours working with the AARST Foundation because he believes they are making strides in finding ways to reach the public about this radioactive gas. “The organization (AARST Foundation) is organized exclusively for educational, scientific, charitable and literary purposes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Our three planned emphasis points are standards, research, and environmental justice. That should keep us busy for a while. Now we just need the funds to implement the actions. It is exciting to just be this far.”
During the combined luncheon between AARST and the state and federal arm of the conference CRCPD the keynote speaker was Honest Abe himself who took a minute to share his environmental views before turning over the podium to the next speaker. The 2013 Illinois Radon in Excellence Award was presented by Joe Klinger, Deputy Director of the Illinois Emergency Mangement Agenc y(IEMA) and IEMA's Radon Manager Patrick Daniels to Kathy Drea, Vice President, Advocacy, American Lung Association of Upper Midwest for her efforts moving radon forward in Illinois.
The National Radon and Training Conference also included an array of exhibits including one for Midwest AARST which featured a unique old cigarette smoking advertisement campaign created by Ruth Ann Lipic. The campaign showed celebrities promoting what back then was a glamorous habit. Today through health studies and marketing campaigns smoking and to some extent radon induced lung cancer, are on the decline.
Information about radon in Springfield or anywhere in Illinois can be obtained from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Radon Program. Call 1-800-325-1245 for questions about radon or log onto http://www.radon.illinois.gov for details.
The Abraham Lincoln Hotel was built in 1983 and is located at 701 East Adams Street Springfield, Illinois 62701, Springfield, Illinois. Call 1-217-544-8800 for information.