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Tennessee Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Regarding Radon

by Margaret Henderson

In the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation report for Fiscal Years 2017-2018, the actions related to radon that comply with non-discriminatory practices are presented. See the document, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Title VI Compliance Report And Implementation Plan, at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/sustainable-practices/title-vi/2017-2018%20Title%20VI%20Plan.pdf

The report describes how Tennessee complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Regarding presentation of documents in languages other than English, the report provides a list of the documents about radon that are written in Spanish:

· Radon Toolkit Instructions

· Radon Awareness Brochure

Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices (OPSP) addresses radon issues through “Radon Outreach” to all. Public outreach regarding radon includes targeting media outlets during National Radon Action Month. Activities include press releases, governor’s proclamation, and in addition, the OPSP maintains a Facebook page and manages a radon email and hotline to allow customers to ask questions or request services.

In other compliance activities, OPSP also “provides State Indoor Radon Grant Data reports pursuant to the Indoor Radon Abatement Act (IRAA) Section 306(h) to the EPA for radon-related information and activities as well as progress reports to the EPA pursuant to 40 CFR part 31 and 40 CFR 35.115 and 35.514.”

OPSP’s outreach programs about radon in participating in events or providing publications, are given in a list of statewide activities. These include:

Johnson City, TN

· Presentation on radon awareness to new homeowners

· Exhibitor booth at the Mercer football game promoting radon awareness

· Exhibitor booth at the Wofford football game promoting radon awareness

· Presentation on radon awareness at the Johnson City Mall

· University Basketball Games including pre-game radio promoting radon awareness
Nashville, TN

· Exhibitor booth outreach at the Cancer Conference promoting radon awareness

· Legislative Booth at the Cordell Hull Building promoting radon awareness

Oak Ridge, TN

Presentation and exhibitor booth at the Oak Ridge Safety Expo promoting radon awareness

Fentress County, TN

Radon awareness presentation plus radio interview promoting radon awareness

Memphis, TN

Exhibitor booth at the Memphis Football Game promoting radon awareness

For more information about radon in Tennessee, contact:

Lexi Brown

Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices
Phone: 615-532-5944
lexi.brown@tn.gov

Radon Hotline 1-800-232-1139