Many consider the Indoor Radon Abatement Act as a rather old law. That may be true. However it does not mean that the law has become very ineffective. However in addition to the Act, there are a number of plans that have been implemented as well. One good example is the Federal Radon Action Plan by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. So what is this plan all about?
Similar to the Act, it is all about radon remediation. The main goal of the Plan is to help increase the reduction of the risk of radon not just in homes but schools and other facilities like daycare as well. It is not limited to reducing the risk of contamination but also ensure that new buildings constructed as resistant to radon as well. The Plan does not only include actual activities that need to be done but also to get the commitments of people for future plans.
There are three activities with regards to the Plan. First is to demonstrate why testing and radon mitigation are important. The Plan also entails to show people the feasibility of such a venture. The second activity is to give the necessary economic incentive to people or groups who do not have the resources to undergo either testing or radon remediation but want to. Finally the third part is to expect that such services be provided by those in the radon industry.
To fully implement the Plan, the EPA must not rely solely on federal agencies or departments doing it. It needs to tap the different industries and non-profit organizations in order help people realize the importance of radon mitigation.
So how will the EPA be able to know if the Plan is working or not? As with any plan by the government, there are scorecards in place to keep track of any results or failures of the Plan. The scorecard is aimed to show how each commitment fares and at the same time gives a target date for it to be completed. The scorecard therefore tracks the progress of the Plan by agency or group.
Unlike the Act, the Plan is relatively new. The Plan to help in the radon mitigation was started in 2011. The Act may be two decades old but it has shown us that while the progress is slow, there is still progress. The Plan on the other hand is still relatively new so it will be sometime before we can determine if it has worked or not. The important thing is that we learn whatever lesson there is form what happens to the Plan. If it is successful then we improve on it to make it even more effective. If it has failed then we determine why it did and hopefully not make it again in new plans to be drawn up.
As a citizen of the country, it is up to us to help in whatever way he can. Radon mitigation is something that all of us should be involved in.