HUD Introduces Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation Policy

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Birmingham Faces New Policies to Reduce Radon Lung Cancer

Radon Lung CancerRadon gas has become a serious topic for politicians, homeowners, and really everyone. In Birmingham, Alabama, there are high concentrations of radon in, which means that some Birmingham residents may be at a high risk of radon lung cancer. The second leading cause of lung cancer across the United States is radon gas, meaning that if your home has not been protected, you could be at a high risk.

The American Lung Association has realized this threat level and stepped up with strong advocacy against radon gas. With the support of the American Lung Association, other organizations, and strong individual efforts, there have been some policy changes for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will help ensure that homes across the nation have a higher level of protection from radon gas.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is part of a group known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This is a group of dedicated organizations that will work together to ensure that homes across the United States and in Birmingham, Alabama are safe for all. Other organizations involved in the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group Include HHS, Department of Energy, and the EPA.

Protection Against Radon Lung Cancer in Birmingham

The new policies set in place for Birmingham and nationwide by the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make sure that tenants will be safe from radon gas and radon lung cancer. Tenants of multi-family homes have little control as to whether or not their home or living environment has the radon mitigation necessary in order to reduce the levels of gas, and make their home a safe place to live in. With the new policies set into place by HUD, any multi-family home that receives HUD financing will be required to have a radon test. If the test returns positive, a mitigation system will have to be installed in order to reduce the gas levels.

It is too often that residents of multi-family homes in Birmingham, AL are not able to provide the necessary upkeep for safety. Landlords hold the final say, and the final funding needed to make improvements that could help or hurt your health. It is believed that the requiring of mitigation systems or air purification systems for radon may also help with other health concerns by reducing moisture through ventilation.

Radon gas kills 21,000 people each and every single year, and it is about time that HUD did something about it. The American Lung Association could not be happier with the efforts and strides that have been made with the passing of these new policies, as there is sure to be a sharp decline in radon lung cancer cases over the course of an extended period of time. Birmingham residents may celebrate too, knowing that their multi-family homes will soon be a true safe haven to rest their head and be free from radon lung cancer.

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