Two Nevada Agencies Get Water, Radon EPA Grants

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will receive a $100,000 Clean Water Act grant to continue the state's water quality management and planning program to improve impaired waters and protect unimpaired waters across the state.

EPA has awarded a total of $330,000 to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to strengthen their capacity to protect human health and the environment.

NDPBH will receive a $230,000 State Indoor Radon Grant to support radon exposure prevention and outreach. They will work with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to provide a variety of radon-related services to Nevada citizens. The program provides radon measurement and mitigation advice to homeowners, public outreach and innovative informational activities, radon testing during real estate transactions, and promotes the building of new structures with radon-resistant features.

NDEP will receive a $100,000 Clean Water Act grant to continue the state's water quality management and planning program to improve impaired waters and protect unimpaired waters across the state. One focus area for the program is development of appropriate and consistent temperature and dissolved oxygen criteria to protect the various coldwater and warmwater fish found in Nevada waters. NDEP will also sub-grant $40,000 of the funds to the Clark County Board of Commissioners, the designated CWA planning agency for Clark County, to promote efficient and comprehensive programs for controlling water pollution.

"EPA is pleased to work with our Nevada partners to advance their environmental and public health goals," said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. "These grants will help citizens avoid exposures to radon and assist the state in protecting its critical water resources."

"This grant award allows DPBH to continue public information and outreach activities to educate the public and encourage testing for, mitigation, and prevention of exposure to radioactive radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers," said NDPBH Chief Karen Beckley.

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