**Update: As of May 2017, the new EPA budget has been released, with no cuts to the radon grant! Thank you to everyone who helped keep radon awareness alive! **
The government’s proposed budget for 2018 is completely cutting all funding for the EPA’s Radon Program at every level of government! We need YOUR help to prevent this from happening.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one environmental killer in the U.S. Much of the program’s funds go to teaching, education, and awareness of the health effects of radon. Many do not even know that radon exists, and therefore do not understand the risks and could be encountering harmful levels of radon without even being aware of the effects on their health! Help protect yourself, your family, your neighbors here and across the nation by speaking up to prevent this budget cut. YOU can help prevent radon-induced lung cancer!
YOUR voice is important. Your voice is powerful. Government was established to help its citizens; urge them to help save lives in this way now!
The AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) is helping lead the fight against this budget cut and has put together a guide to helping you contact your representative in Congress. Call, write, or fax your Congressman representing you and your interests in the federal government. This is taken from a template that was sent to all members of the AARST:
DO NOT EMAIL. FAX OR CALL.
Please see sample messages below to help prepare your ask.
Feel free to add your own comments, thoughts, and experiences with respect to radon.
#1 LETTER WRITING. Prepare a letter
FAX it to the LOCAL office, then CALL the LOCAL office to tell them you just sent a fax and want to make sure they received it. Please fax a copy to AARST at (828) 214-6299
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
so our lobbyist can follow up.
TEMPLATE for Message to Members of Congress:
I am writing to urge your strong support for continuing EPA’s funding of the Radon Program in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill.
According to CDC, lung cancer caused by radon exposure kills 21,000 U.S. citizens per year.
By itself, it is the eighth leading cause of cancer death, and is second only to smoking in causing lung cancer.
Radon is a radioactive gas that collects in people’s homes. Many people are unaware that they are being exposed daily. There is no “safe” level of exposure.
Radon-induced lung cancer is almost completely preventable by eliminating exposure to radon through increasing awareness, testing and mitigation of existing homes and schools, and building radon out of new homes.
Therefore, I ask for your support in maintaining the funding EPA’s Radon Programs – both the SIRG grants and EPA technical services at headquarters, regions, and labs. Please include these programs in your appropriations requests.
Thank you for your consideration. Please let me know how you plan to proceed on this issue.
Your Address (if you have letterhead, you may want use it for this!)
#2 PHONE CALL.
Call the local office. Introduce yourself and provide your address. Explain that you are calling about the Federal budget and want the Congressperson to help prevent lung cancer by funding EPA radon programs.
KEY TALKING POINTS FOR A PHONE CALL
- I ask that you continue to fund the EPA’s radon program in the FY 18 Budget: both the state grants (SIRG) and federal leadership are needed more than ever.
- Radon, a radioactive, toxic gas is found in homes, schools and workplace.
- Radon kills 21,000 people in the U.S. annually, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is the leading cause of death in American homes.
- The Indoor Radon Abatement Act, which is in the Toxic Substances Control Act, created EPA’s radon program and funding to protect citizens.
- Given the high cost of lung cancer, the State Indoor Radon Grant program funded at $8.1 Million annually is an extremely cost effective and voluntary health program led by states and tribes.
- The EPA must continue to provide a leadership role in the form of technical references and standards of practice for measuring and remediating this radioactive gas.