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PA to Test 200 Homes in Low Income Communities

The Minority Low Income Operation Viable Economic Solutions (MOVeS) for Radon Environmental Justice (EJ) Lung Cancer Reduction is a Pennsylvania AARST Chapter project sponsored by the PA Department of Health Cancer Coalition and PA Department of Environmental Protection and funded by CDC grant. Scheduled to start October 2018, MOVeS will test 200 homes in low income communities per EPA/PA DEP radon testing protocols with state licensed radon testers and mitigate any/all homes with elevated radon levels. This project was also made possible with contributions from the following organizations: AARST Foundation, Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc., CR3, CanSAR, Mid-Atlantic ALA, EPA R3, FL DOH Radon Program and PA DEP Radon Program. View the 2018 CR3 News EJ Edition for more information.

Connecticut Establishes New Healthy Homes Fund

In June 2018, Connecticut enacted a law (P.A. 18-160) establishing a Healthy Homes Fund, which will be used by the state Department of Housing to fund a program “to reduce health and safety hazards in residential dwellings in Connecticut, including, but not limited to, lead, radon and other contaminants or conditions, through removal, remediation, abatement and other appropriate methods.” The Healthy Homes Fund will be funded with remittances from a new surcharge on homeowner’s insurance policies, established in the same legislation, which will take effect on January 1, 2019. (Thanks to ELI for this Recent Development in IAQ.)

HUD Funds New Study for Testing Multi-family Housing

HUD has awarded Health Research, Inc. /New York State Dept. of Health $435,000 to investigate an effective sampling strategy for radon testing in multi-family housings. The researchers will obtain and analyze over 7,000 results of completed radon measurements from 100% of ground-floor units in over 500 multifamily buildings. The data are from radon professionals located in several states. Statistical analysis of the radon measurement data will be conducted to ascertain the minimum number of measurements needed to adequately assess the radon risk at a particular (e.g., 90%) confidence limit, and calculate and compare the increased health (lung cancer) risks to occupants associated with partial (e.g., 10%; 25%) and complete (100%) testing of multifamily units.

NRAP Meetings Include Discussion on Federal Grant Opportunities

NRAP Team hosted grant experts from HUD’s CDBG program and HHS Grants Division at the face-to-face meetings to explore ways to access public funds for radon testing and mitigation efforts. For information on federal grant opportunities, visit Grants.gov.