Funds Awarded by EPA for Indoor Air Quality Improvement

EPA has announced it will provide $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality improvement projects.

Air quality projects will help protect the health of Americans in classrooms, communities, and homes across the country. All efforts supported by the funding will aid in reducing environmental health risks of indoor air contaminants, such as radon, carbon monoxide, and asthma triggers. From organizing and training speakers on how to educate parents of children with asthma to providing technical assistance that will help school districts develop indoor air quality management plans, these projects will help protect children and families. EPA emphasized selecting projects that assist low income and minority families that are disproportionately impacted by poor indoor air quality.

Indoor air pollutants in homes, buildings, and schools can negatively impact the health of occupants. Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches or fatigue. Others can cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma) or even cancer (from radon gas). The projects will help improve indoor air quality and reduce the associated health risks by increased air quality practices in schools through education outreach programs, increasing the number of homes tested for radon, and creating more awareness to reduce asthma triggers in the home.

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