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National Radon Action Plan

A NATIONAL PLAN TO SAVE LIVES

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A national effort is underway to implement strategies for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 by reducing high radon levels in five million homes, apartments, schools and childcare centers. The partnership includes three federal departments and agencies and nine national organizations.

The National Radon Action Plan: A Strategy for Saving Lives sets out strategies to drive the changes needed to reduce exposure to radon. Strategies include requiring radon testing and reduction systems as a standard practice in housing finance and insurance programs, and institutionalizing radon risk reduction through building code requirements.

The strategies in National Radon Action Plan (NRAP) reflect the strongest potential to effectively reduce radon risk through institutionalizing risk reduction. The coalition of NRAP members have formed committees to execute all strategies, with a particular focus on those strategies most likely to result in systems change. Building on the framework for planning action that the federal government had started, the four key strategies in the NRAP are the following:

  • Build in radon risk reduction: Approaches that embed radon risk reduction as standard practice across the entire housing sector.
  • Provide incentives and support for radon risk reduction: Approaches that motivate individuals to pay for testing, mitigation and radon-resistant construction with financial encouragement and provide direct financial support for radon testing and risk reduction for people who cannot pay.
  • Test and mitigate using professional radon services: Approaches that promote the use of certified radon services and help to build demand to sustain a high quality industry.
  • Increase visibility: Approaches that garner broad public attention for the radon issue and demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction.

The NRAP builds on the work of the Federal Radon Action Plan adopted in 2011. Under that plan, federal agencies made several key steps using available authority and resources to advance the battle against radon. Key federal partners leading the way in the National Radon Action Plan are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine national organizations are also active leaders in the NRAP: American Lung Association, which heads the Leadership Council; American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists; American Society of Home Inspectors; Cancer Survivors Against Radon; Children’s Environmental Health Network; Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction; Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors; Environmental Law Institute; and National Center for Healthy Housing.

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