Radon Lung Cancer Target of New HUD Policy

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
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Radon Lung CancerIf you rent a home or apartment in Chattanooga, TN, then you know that landlords and residents do not always see eye to eye on everything. This normally can be solved by referring to a lease, but what happens when the lease does not cover repairs to the home that affect your safety. Radon lung cancer is the cause of death for over 20,000 Americans each year. If your Chattanooga home has high levels of gas, or the space you are renting has high level of radon gas, you will need to make sure that action is taken.

Radon lung cancer is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and accounts for roughly 15% of all lung cancer cases. This makes it a serious concern for the American Lung Association, and other organizations that are dedicated to improving home safety. A group of organizations has combined to make effective improvements to regulation in Chattanooga homes, and homes across the nation. This group includes the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Recently, there has been much celebrated good news for those renting homes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is regulating all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD, and ensuring that they have a radon test. All multi-family homes that are financed through HUD, and test results show have high levels of gas, will be required to have a mitigation system installed.

The American Lung Association knows what this means in reduction to the number of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. Hypothetically, if radon gas was abolished, there would be a 15% decrease in the number of lung cancer cases. This is a huge step toward the elimination of radon lung cancer, and is a very exciting time for both HUD and the American Lung Association.

Radon gas forms in the soil beneath homes, and is known to cause serious conditions to those affected by it. As the gas forms in the soil beneath Chattanooga homes, it may squeeze through the foundation of your home, and attack your health. In rare cases, this gas is found in the materials used to build your home, and more commonly found in the water supply. Make sure to test your home, and call a professional as needed.

When it comes to radon lung cancer, HUD has taken a strong stance towards the importance of testing and mitigation. This will provide the much needed clarity and relief for many renting a multi-family home. S.W.A.T. Environmental is proud to serve the Chattanooga, TN area and provide the needed radon reduction. We hope to work hand in hand with HUD and the American Lung Association in reducing the number of radon lung cancer cases.

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