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Connecticut Lists 2019 Local Health Program Partnerships

by Margaret Henderson

The Connecticut State Department of Health Radon Program’s mission is to promote radon awareness, testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction throughout the state in order to reduce the number of radon-induced lung cancer deaths in Connecticut. The Radon Program provides a radon potential map, assigning counties of the state to zones that correspond with potential radon levels:

* Zone 1: Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L)

* Zone 2: Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L)

* Zone 3: Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L).

Approximately half of Connecticut is categorized as having high potential. The map was created using five sources of information:

1. Indoor radon measurements;

2. Geology;

3. Aerial radioactivity;

4. Soil permeability; and

5. Foundation type

The map is intended for informational use, but not to designate where testing should be performed as high radon levels have been in all zones.

To promote testing throughout Connecticut, the Radon Program activities are carried out through partnerships with other health agencies. Delivery of public health services at the local level is a priority in Connecticut. Local health services are provided through a mix of municipal health departments and regional health districts. Sixty-seven local health agencies service the state’s population.

One of the Radon Program initiatives is:

“Collaborating with local health departments, private industry, other state agencies, and other non-profit organizations to promote radon awareness, testing, mitigation and radon-resistant new construction activities throughout Connecticut. The program currently works with the American Lung Association, the CT Department of Consumer Protection, real estate professionals, local health departments, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT State Department of Education, and the CT Department of Public Works.”

The Radon Program has published its 2019 map and listing of Participating Local Health Departments/ Districts, also showing where there are partnership gaps. https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/dph/environmental_health/radon/pdf/2019-LHD-Partner-Towns.pdf?la=en