Archive for March, 2013
Radon Lung Cancer in the Rochester Area
There has been recent changes to the regulation set in place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will help save the lives of thousands of people in Rochester, MN, and even more nationwide. If you have heard of radon gas, then you may know that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and responsible for roughly 21,000 deaths each and every year. While citizens who are informed about radon gas in Rochester often take action, not everyone has the capability to improve their living space.
If you rent a home or apartment, then you know that the maintenance and repair of your rented space is often up to the care of a landlord. While leases can help protect you from being taken advantage of and ensure some form of safety, they do not often include a clause about radon gas and the protocol. This is why HUD has put something in place that will help with the reduction of radon lung cancer in all multi-family homes financed through HUD.
All multi-family homes financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test to determine the levels of radon gas. The reason a test is so important is because this gas cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that the danger can only be fully determined if a test is completed. In addition to testing, all multi-family homes financed through HUD that test with high levels of radon gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed.
Applauds from the American Lung Association on Radon Lung Cancer Reduction
This is great news that has been applauded and thanked by the American Lung Association. With a mitigation system installed in every home in America that is in need of an air purification system, the rates of radon lung cancer would hypothetically decrease by 100%. This is stated as currently, roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas. This gas can enter your Rochester home without any notice. It forms deep in the soil beneath your home when the naturally occurring uranium breaks down. No matter where you are located in Rochester, you are at the risk of high levels of radon gas.
This movement by HUD is actually a movement by a much larger group. The group that HUD is a part of is a group of other government organizations that have teamed up together to increase the safety of homes, and improve how healthy homes are as well. The group goes by the name of the Federal Healthy Homes Group. Members of the group include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. S.W.A.T. Environmental would like to commend the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their strong efforts and actions, and we are confident that this group will be able to accomplish some amazing things together.
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