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Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon/Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer

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  • Mansel Nelson
    Date: 06/20/2011 12:44 PM Subject: FYI / Air News Release (HQ): Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon/Radon is one of the
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      Date: 06/20/2011 12:44 PM

      Subject: FYI / Air News Release (HQ): Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon/Radon is
      one of the leading causes of lung cancer




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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      June 20, 2011


      Feds Launch Action Plan to Protect People and Families from Radon

      Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer

      WASHINGTON –Today, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General
      Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense,
      Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development,
      Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and
      create healthier home and school environments for America’s families.
      The plan brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to
      radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and
      advancing existing state, local, and national programs. Radon exposure
      is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer and leads to an
      estimated 21,000 deaths each year.

      “With nearly one in 15 homes affected by elevated levels of radon and
      thousands dying each year from radon-induced cancer, it’s time to step
      up our actions in the federal government,” EPA Administrator Lisa P.
      Jackson said. “Through the Federal Radon Action Plan, we’re working with
      partner agencies to raise awareness about the threat of radon in our
      homes and to take steps to mitigate this hazard. Together our efforts
      will help reduce radon exposure and make our homes, schools and
      communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.”

      The Federal Radon Action Plan brings together government agencies to
      demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction, address finance and
      incentive issues to drive testing and mitigation, and build demand for
      services from industry professionals. The plan will help spur greater
      action in the marketplace, create jobs in the private sector, and
      significantly reduce exposure to radon. The plan includes strategies to
      reach low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to
      make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones.
      With the help of all agency networks, approximately 7.5 million
      buildings and homes in the United States will be able to receive
      information and build awareness around this serious public health risk.

      The plan includes federal government actions to reduce radon risks:

      · Launching a cross-government outreach initiative to
      educate families about the health risks associated with radon
      exposure and the solutions to address the risks.
      · Incorporating radon testing and mitigation into federal
      programs.
      · Investing in new standards and updating codes for
      measurement and mitigation in schools, daycare facilities, and
      multi-family housing.
      · Establishing incentives that drive testing and
      mitigation in the private and public sectors.

      Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas.
      Approximately one in 15 American homes contain high levels of radon.
      Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. EPA
      and the Surgeon General urge people to test their homes for radon at
      least every two years. Contact your state radon office for information
      on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.

      Information on the Federal Radon Action Plan:
      http://www.epa.gov/radon/action_plan.html

      Information on radon and testing your home:
      http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html
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