Radon mitigation scholarships offered (CO)
To meet an increasing need for radon mitigation of homes in Northeast Colorado, Colorado State University Extension has two scholarships available to become a certified radon mitigator.
Each scholarship covers the $595 cost of the mitigation course through the Center for Environmental Research and Technology Institute.
When course work and the certification test are completed, membership to the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists will be paid for the first year as part of the scholarship.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas which is considered the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
During the past three years, CSU Extension has provided educational programs which include radon screening tests.
These tests show that 50 percent of the homes screened had levels of radon gas higher than 4 picocuries per liter of air. At 4 or above, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends homes be mitigated to reduce radon levels.
Through the mitigation training scholarships, CSU Extension provides an opportunity for people involved in construction, remodeling or handyman businesses to get the required training to meet a need for mitigating homes that have high radon levels. Currently, there is only one certified mitigator in Eastern Colorado, located in Morgan County.
CSU Extension office officials are especially looking for scholarship applicants in counties along the eastern border.
Scholarship applications and information on mitigation course requirements are available from CSU Extension offices in Northeast Colorado or those who wish can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Completed applications are due April 1 to the Morgan County Extension Center.
For information, contact Luann Boyer at 970-542-3544 or Gisele Jefferson at 970-345-2287. This scholarship program is part of a radon education effort provided by CSU Extension in Northeast Colorado through a grant from the Colorado Department of Environment and Public Health.