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NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

Contributed by Cynthia A. Costello

NYS DOH Radon 2019 Program Update

State Indoor Radon Grant
• Currently in our 30th year of funding
• Current Grant expires September 30, 2020
• Continued funding expected at slightly lower levels
• New Request for Applications for County Grants issued soon
• 5-year contracts
• $100,000 annual funding
• New Request for Proposals for radon detectors and analysis is in progress.

Radon Program - Projects
1. Public Information Program
a. Poster Contest
b. Weatherization Program Outreach
c. Open Data NY
d. Stakeholder’s Meeting
e. National Radon Action Month
f. Detector Distribution
g. FFY 2018-2019
• 6248 detectors distributed
• 3906 detectors analyzed

2. Schools Outreach, Training & Guidance
a. FFY 2018-2019
• 5 school districts tested
• 20 buildings
• 872 kits
• 175 daycare kits analyzed

3. Education and Technical Support for Industry Best Practices and Standards
a. Compliance with 10 NYCRR Part 16.130
• 4183 mitigations reported (July-June)
• 103,392 tests reported (July-June)
b. Adoption of RRNC Building Code
c. Certification of radon professionals
d. Increase testing of newly built homes
e. Provide training on standards of practice for all audiences

4. Outreach to the Medical Community
a. Expand Radon Testing of Homes of Newborns program
b. Provide information on radon risk to members of the medical community
c. Environmental Public Health Tracking
d. Emphasize radon exposure risk in the NYS DOH Cancer Control Plan and Prevention Agenda

5. Support of Central New York Coalition for Healthy Indoor Air, Inc.
a. Increase awareness of radon risks in the targeted area
b. Radon Mitigation Demonstrations and Training
c. New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA)
d. Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)

6. Partnership with High Risk Counties
Albany, Cayuga, Cortland, Genesee, Jefferson, Livingston, Onondaga, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Schuyler, and Tompkins

7. Healthy Neighborhoods Program
• Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Erie, Monroe, New York City, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Tioga, Tompkins, and Westchester

NYS Radon Task Force

NYS has established a Radon Task Force to conduct a comprehensive study on the prevention of human exposure to radon and make recommendations to reduce and minimize exposure to New York state residents. The study report is due in November 2020.

The scope of the study shall include:
• Examine the need for interagency coordination of public education and outreach and prevention programs;
• Examine the need for training, education and possible licensing of radon services providers; and
• Review of any other related information that the commissioner of health may deem necessary or relevant in carrying out such study of radon in indoor settings

• the secretary of state or the secretary's designee
• the commissioner of health or such commissioner's designee
• the commissioner of labor or such commissioner's designee
• two members to be appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be an individual who possesses expertise in the field of radon testing and mitigation and the other being an individual who represents the field of real estate
• one member to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate
• one member to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly
• The governor shall designate one member to serve as the chairperson of the task force.


• Recommendations for several positions are pending approval.

Radon Program Resources – Webpage

• Lists of certified testers/mitigators
• Physician Resources
• Financing Guidance

Radon Program Resources - Staff

Alex Damiani, Bureau Director (alex.damiani@health.ny.gov)
Cindy Costello, Section Chief (cynthia.costello@health.ny.gov)
David O’Hehir, Radiological Health Specialist (david.ohehir@health.ny.gov)
Marc Sullivan, Radiological Health Specialist (marc.sullivan@health.ny.gov)
Christine Zimmer, Radiological Health Specialist (christine.zimmer@health.ny.gov)
Cynthia Stephenson, Health Program Administrator (cynthia.stephenson@health.ny.gov)

Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
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Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
(518) 402-7556