Environmental Economics

An Evaluation of Strategies for Promoting Effective Radon Mitigation

This 1990 report evaluates the relative effectiveness of a broad range possible strategies for reducing radon risks to the public, with particular emphasis on two very different approaches: information and awareness campaigns to encourage radon testing and remediation by the general public, and provision of radon information at time of home sale. The authors evaluate the likelihood of success of these two approaches in actually reducing exposure to radon, and raise a number of important public policy questions (although they do not take positions on them):

    What should be the role of government in encouraging the public to take actions that are in their own self-interest, but which they do not perceive to be of sufficient importance to bother doing so?
    Should the government make testing mandatory?
    If so, for whom, and who should be informed of the results?
    Should remediation be mandatory or voluntary?
The organization of the report is as follows by chapter:
    Introduction and Executive Summary
    Evaluation of an Intensive Radon Information and Awareness Campaign (in Washington, DC)
    An Evaluation of Radon Testing and Mitigation at Time of Home Sale (in Boulder County, CO)
    Legal Strategies for Addressing Radon Disclosure at Time of Real Estate Transfer
    Conclusion: An Evaluation of Strategies for Promoting Effective Radon Mitigation.

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Risk Communication and Other
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    a. Air - Radiation
    Authors:
    Doyle, James K.
    McClelland, Gary H.
    Schulze, William D.
    Locke, Paul A.
    Elliott, Steven R.
    Russell, Glenn W.
    Moyad, Andrew
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    United States, Boulder (CO), Washington (DC)
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0215
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Colorado, University of, Center for Economic AnalysisAddress:
    City: Boulder State: CO ZIP: 80309
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Ofice of Policy, Planning, and EvaluationAddress: 401 M Street SW
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    03/01/1990
    Number of Pages:
    188
    Comment:
    EPA #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    EPA 230-02-90-075
    CR-813686
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