For the past five years, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has generated radon awareness by providing test kits to local public health and non-profit organizations. This year MDH outdid previous efforts as they were able to distribute 8,250 short term radon test kits throughout Minnesota!
Using State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) funding from EPA, MDH shipped radon test kits and outreach materials to partner organizations in approximately half of the counties in the state. MDH partners then distributed the kits to local residents using the outreach materials to raise awareness in their communities. Partners were able to sell the test kits to generate revenue and cover their staff costs for this effort.
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) announced today that it has confirmed the State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) program will be fully funded under the Continuing Appropriations Budget Resolution. Widely regarded as one of the most effective risk reduction programs operated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SIRG is utilized by state and tribal programs to provide education and outreach efforts related to radioactive radon gas.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that derives from the decay of uranium. Colorless, odorless and tasteless, the gas can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. According to the US Surgeon General and EPA, more than 21,000 annual deaths are caused by exposure to radioactive radon gas, making it the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Nationwide, EPA estimates 1 in 7 homes contain elevated levels of radon gas.
Congressional link for citizens who wish to submit written testimony concerning the US EPA's radon budget.
House Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
B-308 Rayburn House Office Building
See Page Two (2) of this link:
Instructions for Providing Written Public Testimony
An electronic copy of testimony must be received by Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
As in past years, ALL interested parties may submit written testimony to be included in the official record. You do not have to be selected for an in-person public testimony day in order to participate.
All written testimony must comply with the following requirements.