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Have You Tested Your Home for Radon?

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States in both men and women, causing more deaths each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, more than two-thirds of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers. This January, during Radon Awareness Month, it is important to remember the second leading cause of lung cancer – radon. This lesser known cancer causing agent is responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. You cannot see, taste, or smell radon but an elevated level could be affecting the health you and your family.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil and water and comes from the natural decay of uranium. It can be found in all types of homes throughout Oregon. All homes are at risk, whether they are new or old, well-insulated or drafty, or with or without a basement. The only way to know if you have radon is to test your home. Testing your home is simple, inexpensive and only takes a couple of minutes.

The American Lung Association in Oregon offers short-term radon test kits for $15, which includes shipping and lab analysis. The short-term test kits test for 3-7 days and allow for a quick snapshot of radon concentration in your home. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores or radon testing companies, prices will vary.

Protect you and your family from lung cancer today by testing your home for radon. For more information about radon or to order a radon test kit, go to www.radonkit.org or call Tiffany Belser at 503-718-6141.

 

The Madeleine School Parent Information Night

Monday, February 2, 2015, 7- 8:30pmcbk

The Madeleine School Parish Hall, 3240 NE 23rd Avenue

Open House Tours
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 10am – 1pm

UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS FOR REFORM DEMOLITION/DEVELOPMENT RESOLUTION to be submitted to Portland City Council.

The ANA Board has voted to support this resolution, contingent upon any serious constituent objections. We invite residents/property-owners to comment via email. Objections, support or comments should be emailed to the ANA Land Sue and Transportation Committee at lootcie@gmail.com by December 5th.

Whereas sustainability, livability, and environmental and public safety are of concern to Portland

residents;

Whereas the preservation of each neighborhood’s historical heritage and character are of prime

concern to Portland residents; and

Whereas the preservation of existing affordable housing is a citywide concern; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the United Neighborhoods for Reform requests:

1) Implementation of changes to the city’s demolition regulations and protocols:

a) Elimination of the (K)(1) exemption and restoration of the automatic 35-day demolition delay for

single-family structures.

b) Definition of “demolition” as removal of 50% or more of the structure.

c) Requirement that applicants for demolition permits comply with all state and federal

environmental and safety regulations including those for lead and asbestos.

d) Retention of existing code providing for a 35-day delay on demolitions with an option for a 120-

day delay available to a recognized neighborhood association or coalition, with the understanding

that a good-faith effort be made to find alternatives to demolition.

e) Notice of proposed demolition will be mailed to residents and property owners within a specified

distance upon acceptance of the demolition application. If permit is approved, a 72-hour notice of

date of demolition will be provided to the same parties.

f) Establishment of a rigorous definition of “deconstruction,” and recommendation of appropriate

incentives, including an increased tip fee for construction debris.

2) Establishment of a task force composed of 50% neighborhood organizations and 50% city staff and

concerned citizens to determine the distance required for notifications above, as well as:

a) Revision of code to limit the mass, footprint, setbacks, and height of construction to that of the

average of existing homes within a specified distance.

b) Revision of current zoning and lot-splitting policies to protect existing housing and lot size.

c) Recommendations for tree and solar access protections.

3) Adoption by City Council of:

a) Measures to protect Portland residents from lead, asbestos, and other contaminants resulting from

demolition/development by requiring surveys for these materials and an approved plan for lawful

removal and disposal before issuance of demolition permit.

b) An update of the Historic Resources Inventory, with a waiting period mandated for removal of a

property from the inventory.

c) A user-friendly online system available to the public for tracking demolition activity.

 

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