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Development of the Colorado Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program (LIRMA)

Adapted from a presentation from the Region 8 Stakeholder Meeting in April 2018 and published with the permission of the presenter, Chrystine Kelley, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon Program

House Bill 16-1141, signed by Governor Hickenlooper on April 21, 2016, required the establishment of a radon education and awareness program. The purpose was to provide
information to citizens, businesses and others; to work collaboratively with radon contractors and citizens to resolve questions and concerns regarding safe, healthy and efficient radon mitigation systems; and to collaborate with local governments to provide information on best practices for radon mitigation strategies. Effective January 1, 2017, law established a radon mitigation assistance program to provide financial assistance to low-income individuals for radon mitigation in their homes. Eligibility for LIRMA requires that the homeowners must:
• Occupy the property as their primary residence
• Be a Colorado resident
• Qualify as a low-income household (as defined in the adopted rules)
Additional requirements detail the Homeowner and the Mitigation Contractor Processes and Contractor Requirements.

The timeline of activities regarding the Colorado Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance Program (LIRMA) included:
• June 10, 2016 - Public comment period for Part 21 rule begins
• June 29, 2016 - Stakeholder Meeting
• July 11, 2016 - Public Comment period ends
• August 17, 2016 - A request for rulemaking before the State Board of
• Health (BOH)
• October 19, 2016 - A rulemaking hearing before the BOH
• Mid-December 2016 - Estimated effective date for Part 21 regulation
• January 2018 - Program began receiving applications for contractor
• participation
• February 2018 - Homeowner applications accepted

The LIRMA Program launched February 1, 2018. Some statistics from the Program are that:
• 17 contractors began the application process
• 7 contractors have qualified to participate
• 25 home owners applied
• 15 home owners have qualified
• 4 homes have been completed
• 9 are in process
• 1 was denied
• 10 had incomplete applications
• Mitigation costs $800-$2,250
• Pre Mitigation Test Range 4.9 pCi/L –47.3 pCi/L

Currently, more contractors are need in various areas of the state as the program continues to operate.

For more information, contact:

Chrystine Kelley
Radon Program
Radon Hotline 800-846-3986