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Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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News on the Battle Front of Radon Lung Cancer in Grand Rapids

Radon Lung CancerGrand Rapids, MI residents often know about radon gas, but whether or not you know about it, S.W.A.T. Environmental understands that sometimes mitigation may be out of your hands. If you are renting in a multi-family home in Grand Rapids, then you probably know that the safety of your home and maintenance is often let up to the decision making of a landlord. Luckily, there are changes in regulation and policy that will benefit those that rent homes to reduce radon lung cancer.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has just made new regulation that will require all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD to have a radon test. Multi-family homes that have high levels of gas and are financed through HUD will be required to have a mitigation system installed. This is a level of protection that renters have needed for a long time, but never received.

Stats on Radon Lung Cancer

Radon gas in Grand Rapids kills 21,000 people across the nation each and every year. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and must be handled appropriately. Statistics show that 15% of all lung cancer cases are caused by radon gas, meaning that if we can reduce radon gas from every effected home, we will be able to make Grand Rapids a much safer place.

This gas forms in the soil beneath homes in uranium. As uranium breaks down, a byproduct is radon gas. This gas may seep through the foundation of a home, and easily enter dramatically effecting the health of those inside. Another entry point is through the water supply. No matter how the gas enters, it is important that it is removed to avoid radon lung cancer. A test is needed to determine whether or not the gas is present as it cannot be smelled, or seen.

The American Lung Association is very proud of the stand HUD has taken for the health and safety of so many. The American Lung Association also noted the overall improvements to lung health by having an air purification system. Air purification systems are able to increase the ventilation in homes, and remove excess moisture in addition to removing the radon gas. This will further help improve the safety of all Grand Rapids homes.

HUD is actually part of a larger group of organizations known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This group is able to bring all of their resources together to increase their results in reducing radon lung cancer. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services make up the group and are able to collaborate on projects and brainstorming improvements. S.W.A.T. Environmental is excited for the recent efforts these organizations have done, and the future results that will come from this collaboration to improve the health of so many in the Grand Rapids area.