Archive for October 15, 2009


>Well tonight was a bust

>Internet connection was acting up all evening. I wanted to check out the MLB blogs. Thinking about starting one there so I can go on and on about the Yankees. But no time now!

There were more things I wanted to do on Facebook and I kept getting an error message. Other sites I wanted to check in on and not happening. So now I am just popping in here to say “HI!” Then hitting the sack. Don’t want a repeat of this morning tomorrow morning. I woke up this morning when Stitch sent me his text about getting up, which made me late.

So far, the Phillies are ahead of the Dodgers. Hope they keep it up.

>EPA Issues Final Aircraft Drinking Water Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a final rule to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to aircraft passengers and crew. The rule provides multiple-barrier protection through requirements for coli form sampling, best management practices, corrective action, public notification, monitoring and operator training. It will better protect the public from illnesses caused by microbiological contamination.

The rule only addresses aircraft within U.S. jurisdiction; however, EPA supported an international effort led by the World Health Organization to develop international guidelines for aircraft drinking water. More information:

US EPA Aircraft Drinking Water

>Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims approximately 20,000 lives yearly according the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Safety Council (NSC) has declared Oct. 18-24 National Radon Action Week in order to draw more attention to this silent and relatively unknown health risk.

Radon is a radioactive gas generated through the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can be found all over the United States.

Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas that can be a health threat. Radon typically moves up through the ground and enters buildings through cracks and other holes in foundations. Homes trap radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem: new or old, well-sealed or drafty, and homes with or without basements.

According to the EPA, radon gets into homes and other building structures through:

  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Construction joints
  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • In the water supply

Even though radon can’t be seen, it’s not hard to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. Radon gas can easily be detected with a radon detection kit. Radon in the air is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). A radon test is needed to determine if you have a threat of high radon levels in your home. According to the EPA, radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher is an “action level” and you should take steps to remove radon gas from your home.

An alternative to conducting the test yourself is to hire a qualified tester to do the radon inspection for you. Contact your state radon office to obtain a list of qualified testers. You can also contact a private radon proficiency program for lists of privately certified radon professionals serving your area. For links and information, visit www.epa.gov/radon/radontest.html.

During National Radon Action Week, take the time to determine if your home is harboring radon gas buildup. Have your home tested for radon gas. For frequently asked questions regarding radon or information on National Radon Action Week and NSC click here.