EPA Announces Partnership to Combat Radon Exposures

ALAWASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Lung Association, and other partners have announced a strategy for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 through radon exposure reduction strategies.

Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The goal to save these lives will be achieved by reducing high radon levels in five million homes, apartments, schools and childcare centers.

The partnership includes three federal departments and agencies, and nine national organizations.

The National Radon Action Plan: A Strategy for Saving Lives sets out strategies to drive the changes needed to reduce exposure to radon.

Strategies include requiring radon testing and reduction systems as a standard practice in housing finance and insurance programs, and institutionalizing radon risk reduction through building code requirements.

The strategy released today builds on the successes of the 2011 Federal Radon Action Plan, which has led to protections from radon in more than 105,000 multi-family homes financed by HUD, among other actions by the federal government.

The plan broadens the scope and reach of the Federal Radon Action Plan by including the health, scientific and technical expertise of the national partners.