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The mission of Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) is to evaluate and support the development and implementation of secure and resilient energy systems and sustainable environmental practices,  while protecting the public from unnecessary radiation exposure and ensuring the State’s air is clean and safe.

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NJ Clean Air Council Announces its 2017 Public Hearing

 

The New Jersey Clean Air Council (CAC) will host its 2017 Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, beginning at 9:30 am. This year's hearing topic is " What Can Be Learned from Low Cost Air Quality Monitors: Best Uses and the Current State of Technology .” The hearing will take place at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 401 East State St., Trenton, NJ in the Public Hearing Room (1st Floor). For more information, please visit our Clean Air Council website at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/cleanair

Interested in learning about how businesses in New Jersey are becoming more sustainable?

Read this article by former AQES Asst. Commissioner John Giordano, published recently in the Chamber of Commerce publication Enterprise, as he explains about the State’s Sustainable Business Registry and how its helping to move NJ’s commercial businesses forward by realizing the triple bottom line of sustainability. For more information on the Sustainable Business Registry, visit http://registry.njsbdc.com/.

Construction Equipment Retrofit Funds Now Available

AQES’ Bureau of Mobile Sources is pleased to announce the availability of funding for construction equipment owners to install pollution control devices (retrofits) or replace their equipment.  Funding is currently available for installing pollution control devices (retrofits) on construction equipment (100% of the cost of the device and installation), or purchasing replacement equipment (up to 30% of the purchase, not to exceed $100,000).   The funding will help reduce emissions of diesel particles and improve air quality.  For more information on this program and to learn how to get started, visit:   http://www.stopthesoot.org/eoi.htm

Programs IN FOCUS

AQES’ Role in Radon Mitigation

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas; a decay product of uranium which is found in all soil in varying natural concentrations.   Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as a house, but its presence, even in high concentrations, cannot be detected by human senses because the gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless.  Long term or chronic exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The greater the concentration and the longer a person is exposed, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.

Testing throughout New Jersey indicates that radon is a statewide health issue.  The key method of addressing this type of health issue is education, and that’s one of the roles of the Radon Section of AQES’ Division of Energy Security and Sustainability.

To that end, the Radon section conducts outreach activities designed to educate the public about radon and its associated health risks, as well as how they can get their homes tested and, if necessary, remediated.  In addition, the Radon section maintains a toll-free information line ((800)648-0394) to provide information on radon testing procedures and mitigation techniques.

In 2015, the Radon section revised its Radon Potential Map, which presents radon testing data to show the potential for elevated radon concentrations in each New Jersey municipality with tier area assignments of risk.  While this type of visual tool is helpful to determine if you live in an area where radon is more likely to be found, DEP recommends that all homes be tested for radon.  Radon concentration can vary widely even within a tier location, depending upon the geology and amount of uranium in the soil. This means that homes in low or moderate radon potential areas may still have elevated radon concentrations. The DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency both recommend that you take action to mitigate your home if your test results indicate radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of radon or higher.

For more information about AQES’ Radon Section and its efforts to address radon in New Jersey, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/rpp/radon/index.htm

 

 

   
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