Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.End Radon in Schools Act - Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review, update, revise, and publish the Radon Measurements In Schools Guidelines with... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To establish a grant program to test and mitigate radon levels in public schools, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``End Radon in Schools Act''.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM.

(a) In General.--Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this Act, not later than 1 year after the date that Federal funds are first appropriated for this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall establish a program under which the Administrator may award grants to States to conduct short-term radon testing to identify and mitigate unsafe radon levels in public schools. (b) Guidelines.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall review, update, revise, and publish the Radon Measurements In Schools Guidelines with current information and guidance on radon testing in a public school.

SEC. 3. GRANT AWARDS.

In carrying out the program under this Act, the Administrator shall-- (1) provide a grant award for each State selected to receive a grant under this Act to complete the testing under section 5(b); (2) in the case of a State that submits a report and is required to conduct mitigation under section 5(c)(1)-- (A) provide an additional grant award for the State to conduct such mitigation under such subparagraph (A) of such section; or...

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Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for 21,000 deaths annually. Exposure to radon causes no immediate symptoms, but the long-term threat of lung cancer is significant to everyone. The End Radon in Schools Act will protect our nation’s children, their teachers and other school staff from exposure to radon while at school. It will ensure schools are tested for radon and, if tests show dangerous levels of radon are present, successful mitigation steps will be applied in a timely manner.

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I oppose H.R. 275: End Radon in Schools Act because we don't have the funds to offer grants. Instead, the American Lung Association could partner with businesses who test radon, offering other businesses an opportunity to sponsor a school's testing. For each business that pays for a radon testing, they will test a local school free. You could even tack on a tax-incentive (good for one year only) if you'd like.

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as1orig
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2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 275 ("To establish a grant program to test and mitigate radon levels in public schools, and") because...State issue, not the Fed.

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JWilli52
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2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.End Radon in Schools Act - Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review, update, revise, and publish the Radon Measurements In Schools Guidelines with current information and guidance on radon testing in public elementary and secondary schools. Directs the Administrator, subject to the availability of appropriations, to award grants to states to: (1) follow the updated Guidelines, (2) test radon levels in their public elementary and secondary schools, and (3) provide funds to their local educational agencies (LEAs) to mitigate and re-test radon levels in schools found to have radon levels that the updated Guidelines deem unsafe. Requires the Administrator to conduct such mitigation directly or by contract if an LEA does not certify to its state that it will use grant funds to mitigate unsafe radon levels at its schools. Gives highest grant priority to states whose total landmass lies in Radon Zone 1 and second highest priority to states with at least 50% of their landmass in Radon Zone 1. Defines "Radon Zone 1" as areas that have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than four picocuries per liter.

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