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Nebraska Cancer Plan Includes Radon Goals Until 2022

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has included radon in its cancer plan for the years 2016-2222. Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes. The results of more than half of radon tests in the state are above the recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L. The plan emphasizes primary prevention and encourages people to make healthy choices regarding radon.

Year 1 objective was to increase the number of Nebraska homes tested for radon from 73,280 to 74,280 by June 2018. Goals coincide with the evidence based information from the EPA National Radon Action Plan, setting:

· Short-term indicators (1st and 2nd year) as the number of homes tested, and number of homes mitigated for radon.

· Intermediate indicators (3rd to 4th year) expanded to include the number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated for radon, and the number of communities with Radon Resistant New Construction Codes (RRNC)

· Long-term indicators (4th to 5th year):number of homes tested, number of homes mitigated for radon, and statewide coverage of RRNC.

Year 5 objective is to increase the number of Nebraska homes tested for radon from 73,280 to 80,000 by 2021.

Year 2-5 strategies included:

1. Support communities in adopting radon resistant new construction codes

2. Support local health department staff in being trained to test for radon

3. Create toolkit to outreach to child care providers and schools on radon testing

4. Support research on the cost-effectiveness of mitigation

5. Create toolkit to outreach to property owners of rentals on radon testing

6. Seek funding source for radon mitigation for low income Nebraskans

7. Support statewide coverage of radon resistant new construction codes

For more information, see:http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Radon.aspx

https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/Cancer/ccc/nebraska_ccc_plan-508.pdf