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Federal Radon Action Plan

Federal Radon Action Plan Scorecard

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No progress to date
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
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The following is a breakdown of commitments by Federal Radon Action Plan Framework

(Last updated on December 16, 2014)

DEMONSTRATE the importance of radon risk reduction.

Status Commitment Target Completion Date
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
DOD will develop a communications campaign to educate all personnel - living both on and off base - about the health risks associated with radon exposure and solutions to address these risks Spring 2014
green button - Completed
DOE and HUD will promote radon awareness through their weatherization and healthy homes outreach. Radon incorporated in DOE Weatherization Program Notice (WPN) 11-6 Weatherization Assistance Program Health and Safety Guidance. http://waptac.org/data/files/... exiting EPA

Radon incorporated in HUD's revised Healthy Homes Programs Guidance Manual (July 2012)
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
EPA, HUD, USDA, and HHS will collaborate on an interagency radon outreach initiative that builds on existing campaigns addressing home-based risk and or healthy homes. January 2014
red button - No Progress to Date
HHS will include radon in healthy homes activities. Due to budget constraints, HHS will not be able to implement this activity.
green button - Completed
HHS will work to increase radon awareness among states participating in the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Implemented radon awareness in the following states:

green button - Completed
HHS and EPA will explore including radon in environmental health tracking. The white paper was prepared by members of the Radon Task Force of CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (EPHTP). The white paper investigated the merits (opportunity, cost and value) of developing public health indicators associated with residential exposure to naturally occurring radon gas. To find out more about the current status of radon monitoring and data collection in the U.S. and the suitability of these data for inclusion in the EPHTN, please click the following: Radon Monitoring and Data Collection in the United States (PDF). (26 pp, 493K)
green button - Completed
HHS will update the current Toxicological Profile for Radon. The Toxicological Profile for Radon (PDF) has been completed.
green button - Completed
HUD will incorporate radon testing and mitigation into as many agency programs as possible to include public and other assisted housing. HUD wrote new radon testing and mitigation requirements for participants in a significant portion of HUD�s multifamily housing mortgage insurance programs, and if program activity in 2013 is similar to that in 2012, the new requirements will be applicable to an estimated 105,000 housing units in 2013. HUD Office of Multifamily Development Radon Policy (PDF)
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
HUD will prepare a plan within the next 18 months to collect radon test results as part of its ongoing inspection protocol of public and assisted housing as the first step in conducting a baseline study of its housing stock. December 2013
green button - Completed
DOI will send a message on the hazards of radon to approximately 70,000 employees. Agency-wide memo sent June and November 2011

ADDRESS FINANCE and incentive issues to drive testing and mitigation.

Status Commitment Target Completion Date
green button - Completed
USDA will develop working agreements with nonprofits that can assist 504 home repair grantees and loan recipients in funding mitigation efforts whenever radon is found at or above the EPA 4 pCi/L action level. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
green button - Completed
USDA will educate Rural Housing Grantee Program lenders and State Housing Finance Authorities about radon risks and encourage the testing of existing homes in Zone 1 and 2 areas. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
green button - Completed
USDA will leverage financing through renovation/repair programs and essential community programs to test and mitigate radon in schools and daycare facilities. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
EPA, HUD, and USDA will engage the philanthropic community to support radon risk reduction in the context of their support for local healthy homes programs. Spring 2014
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
EPA and Treasury will work together to facilitate the deductibility of radon testing and mitigation costs within Health Spending Accounts. Spring 2014

EPA requested an Information Letter on the tax treatment of radon expenses from Treasury/IRS on December 13th 2012. Treasury/IRS replied to EPA on February 20th 2013, stating that radon expenses would be addressed through publication of proposed regulations under §213 of the Internal Revenue Code. Copies of the two letters are available upon request to Jalbert.philip@epa.gov.

green button - Completed
HUD's PowerSaver Loan Program will make radon mitigation an explicitly eligible/allowable expense within the 25% non-energy related set-aside. Statement on Radon Mitigation As An Eligible PowerSaver Home Improvement Measure (PDF)
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
VA will promote radon testing and mitigation through a comprehensive disclosure of the radon health risk to borrowers. Fall 2013
red button - No Progress to Date
VA will explore providing a radon mitigation cost set-aside through its Home Loan Guarantee Program. Issue has been explored and requires legislative initiative. Issue in current form does not meet legislative agenda requirements.

BUILD DEMAND for services from the professional, nationwide industry.

Status Commitment Target Completion Date
green button - Completed
USDA will collaborate with the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) to focus their testing efforts on new and existing Rural Housing financed properties. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
green button - Completed
USDA will educate multifamily housing developers about radon risks and what construction mitigation strategies can be used when radon is found. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
green button - Completed
USDA will promote radon testing and mitigation through Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Programs. Unnumbered Letter dated June 19, 2012 was signed by Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Rural Housing Service, and distributed across USDA programs to increase radon awareness, importance of testing, and look at potential funding opportunities.
green button - Completed
DOD will review and update, as appropriate, the Unified Facility Criteria to reflect current standards for radon measurement, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction for low rise buildings (e.g. multifamily, schools, daycare facilities). DoD reviewed the existing Unified Facility Criteria and determined that no changes are required:
red button - No Progress to Date
DOD will identify the universe of low-rise buildings in high radon potential areas (Zone 1) and for those buildings not previously addressed, develop a testing and mitigation plan for those at or above the EPA 4 pCi/L action level.
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
DOE will finish the radon study as part of the National Evaluation to determine whether the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) impacts radon levels in homes. Fall 2013
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
DOE will test various remediation protocols to determine what level of effort is required when radon is discovered in a home or when the level rises after WAP services are delivered. Winter 2013
green button - Completed
DOE will add a healthy homes curriculum to WAP training requirements that include radon identification and remediation protocols. Radon addressed in WAP Health and Safety Training Materials exiting EPA
green button - Completed
DOE will include training, described above, as part of DOE's routine health and safety training such that every worker in the WAP network will be trained over the next 2 years. Radon addressed at Weatherization Plus Health Regional Conferences exiting EPA and during the 2011 National Weatherization Training Conference.
green button - Completed
EPA will invest in new standards of practice for school measurement and mitigation, multifamily mitigation, and quality assurance. EPA has invested and established committees for the four standards. Please follow the links for more information on each standard:
green button - Completed
HUD's PowerSaver Loan Program will make radon mitigation an explicitly eligible/allowable expense within the 25% non-energy related set-aside. Statement on Radon Mitigation As An Eligible PowerSaver Home Improvement Measure (PDF)
green button - Completed
GSA will explore testing for radon and mitigating high levels in childcare facilities through the Federal Real Property Program. July 2014

GSA has completed testing in 92% of its 102 childcare centers in accordance with EPA recommendations. The test results are included in this report (PDF) (7 pp, 129K). When an elevated radon level is detected, GSA will prioritize, design and schedule appropriate mitigation actions (mitigation pending funding).

green button - Completed
GSA will promote professional radon services to federal tenants. The GSA Public Buildings Service (PBS), developed a Video Announcement that informs building occupants about how GSA minimizes radon exposures through:

  • Testing for radon according to EPA's guidelines;
  • Mitigating and retesting if action levels are exceeded;
  • Providing alternate water supplies and air sources when action levels are exceeded; and
  • Notifying occupants of testing results.
green button - Completed
DOI, through the National Park Service, will test approximately 5,000 residential units for radon. DOI's National Park Service has performed sampling and analysis at 3223 residential units and is presently engaged in follow up testing. Approximately 2.5 percent of locations have been recommended for mitigation; planning is underway for implementation of mitigation activities. Approximately five percent of locations are being retested to verify the need, or the absence of need, to mitigate.
yellow button - On Track to Complete the Commitment by the Target Completion Date
DOI, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will test approximately 3,500 residential units and 500 schools, and will work with Tribes to increase awareness of radon risk. June 2017

In FY-2012 the BIA tested two school sites with quarters in the Rocky Mountain Region which resulted in remediation of three living quarters at the Blackfeet Dormitory campus. From this initial project, BIA developed radon testing and remediation guidance which will be used to proceed the BIA radon testing program. In FY-2013 BIA anticipates testing and remediation for 48 buildings including schools and quarters within the Southwest Region as the Radon pilot program. BIA anticipates testing 2,542 residential units and schools as part of the Bureau's five-year facilities management plan.

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