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EPA announces $47K Indoor Radon Grant to Maryland As part of National Radon Action Month

January 6th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $46,949 grant to the Maryland Department of Environment that will be used to support the state’s new indoor radon education program.

This annual funding will be passed through to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which will work with local health departments to promote increased radon education, testing and mitigation for homes, schools and other buildings.

“With nearly one in 15 homes affected by elevated levels of radon and thousands dying each year from radon-induced cancer, it’s time for everyone to test their homes,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.  “By testing as many homes as possible this January, we will help make our communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.”

The grant announcement was made as a part of National Radon Action Month. Throughout January, EPA makes a concentrated effort to encourage everyone to test their homes for radon. Winter is an especially good time to conduct a home test because people spend more time indoors and radon can build to unhealthy levels during colder weather when windows and doors are kept closed. 

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