Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon testing.

By: Rebecca Darley

During our 6 years in business in Seattle, Leavenworth and Wenatchee home inspections we’ve received probably 5 calls requesting radon testing.  That’s not a lot, but that may change.  Today  the EPA and other federal departments joined in efforts to implement programs that reduce America’s homes from the exposure of radon.  The Federal Radon Action Plan will use national campaigns, incentives and programs to reduce the estimated annual 21,000 lung cancer deaths from radon.  As you’ll see in the map below some of North and Southern parts of Washington State have higher threats of radon.  Radon is a is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless  gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of uranium.  Radon gas can accumulate in buildings, especially in confined areas such as attics, and basements.  The EPA findings  say that “approximately one in 15 American homes contain high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas.”

Washington Counties Radon
Washington Counties Radon
What do the colors mean?
  Highest Potential – Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones)
 Moderate Potential – Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones)
  Low Potential – Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones)

CHART SOURCE:  http://www.epa.gov/radon/states/washington.html

“The Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction, address finance and incentive issues to drive testing and mitigation, and build demand for services from industry professionals. The plan will help spur greater action in the marketplace, create jobs in the private sector, and significantly reduce exposure to radon. The plan includes strategies to reach low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones. Through its network of residential, educational, and care facilities as well as programs that address health, prevention, housing, and finance, the federal government is poised to directly or indirectly influence an estimated 7.5 million homes, schools and daycare facilities.

Federal Radon Action Plan:  

  • Cross-government outreach initiative to educate families about the health risks associated with radon exposure and the solutions to address the risks.
  • Incorporate radon testing and mitigation into federal programs.
  • Invest in new standards and update codes for measurement and mitigation in schools, daycare facilities, and multi-family housing.
  • Establish incentives that drive testing and mitigation in the private and public sectors.

Source: Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon/Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.  Contact Information: Stacy Kika kika.stacy@epa.gov 202-564-0906 202-564-4355 Cathy Milbourn Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849.  Release date: 06/20/2011

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One response to “Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to demonstrate the importance of radon testing.

  1. ….Radon and Home Sales..More and more home buyers and renters are asking about radon levels before they buy or rent a home. Because real estate sales happen quickly there is often little time to deal with radon and other issues.

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