Radon mitigation funds still available
Funds are still available to fund an individual who wants to become certified to do radon mitigation. The funds are offered by Colorado State University Extension in northeast Colorado through a grant from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The funds cover the $595 cost of the mitigation course from Center for Environmental Research and Technology Institute(CERTI), certification examination fees, and the first year membership in American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST).
Applications for funding are due by Tuesday, August 10 and require a brief description of experience in construction. Funding for this training is limited to individuals who live and work in the northeast counties of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson.
The training course is a self-study program which includes all materials needed. Some of the training is completed on-line. As part of the training, individuals will spend several days with a certified mitigator.
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 test. These tests show 50% of homes screened had levels of radon higher than 4 picocuries per liter of air. At 4 or above, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a home be mitigated.
Copies of the application for these funds are available by contacting Gisele Jefferson at (970) 345-2287 or Luann Boyer at (970) 542-3544. Applications can be emailed on request.
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