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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 DEP Celebrates Radon Action Month!!!

Governor Christie proclaimed January Radon Action Month, coinciding with a national initiative dedicated to promoting radon awareness, testing and mitigation, and radon resistant new construction. Radon testing is easy! The best time to test for radon is during the heating season, so January is the perfect time. Long term or chronic exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second-leading cause of lung cancer among smokers (after smoking) 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. Check with your municipal or county health department for free radon test kits or purchase a test kit from a hardware store or a NJ certified radon business. For more information about radon testing and mitigation, visit

NJ Receives $72.2Million from Volkswagen Federal Trust

New Jersey recently announced that it would receive $72.2 million from a federal trust created to mitigate the damages from Volkswagen’s decision to install emission cheating devices on thousands of their vehicles, harming public health and the environment.   Read the Governor’s Office press release at  For more information on the Volkswagen issue, or to suggest mitigation projects, visit

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:

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AQES’ Role in Radon Testing and 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.  
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.

The Radon Potential Map 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

View the January 9, 2018, NJ 101.5 news story for Radon Action Month.



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