Program helps homeowners reduce high radon levels
By Gabi Johnston | Office of Communications

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering financial assistance to low-income Colorado residents who need to install a radon mitigation system in their home.

To be eligible, applicants must be Colorado residents who own and live in the home in need of mitigation. They also must qualify as low-income based on the county where they live. In Denver City and County, for instance, a family of four must make less than $64,100.  Applicants must provide test results showing that radon levels exceed the current EPA action level of 4 picocuries per liter of indoor air (pCi/L). Discounted test kits are available, or they can be purchased at most home improvement stores or online for about $25.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that forms naturally in soil. It can seep into homes and workplaces through cracks and openings in floors and crawlspaces. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.

Approximately 50 percent of homes in Colorado have radon levels that exceed the action level. Testing is simple, but mitigation can cost more than some Colorado families can afford.

“Everyone has the right to live in a safe home,” Radon Program Manager Chrystine Kelley said. “We hope our financial assistance will help more families install mitigation systems and minimize their risk of lung cancer.”

The program, which began in February, has helped 23 homeowners mitigate radon levels in their home, and the cost per home ranged between $500 and about $2,655. In addition, 14 certified contractors have qualified to participate in the program and perform the necessary mitigation. Contractors are required to guarantee radon levels drop below the accepted levels and must provide a minimum of a five-year warranty on their work.

For more information, visit the department’s radon web page or contact Chrystine Kelley at 303-692-3442.