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Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer Reduction from HUD Regulations in Bloomington

Radon Lung CancerResidents of Bloomington, IN are excited about recent regulation that will make their homes a much safer place. While the connotations with the words regulation are not always the best, these regulations are ensuring tenants’ rights and safety in multi-family homes. If you live in a multi-family home as a tenant, you are probably aware that there is not always full regulation of whether or not all the maintenance or care of the home is maintained. With the help of HUD, there is new regulation to protect everyone in Bloomington, IN and across the nation.

Radon gas has been a serious threat that has damaged the lives of thousands of families each year through radon lung cancer and death. This was once a mysterious gas that was not always contributed to the 21,000 annual deaths of radon lung cancer it causes, but much like asbestos, modern day science has realized the cause and effects of breathing in this horrible gas.

The Source of Radon Lung Cancer

Starting in the ground beneath your Bloomington home, this gas is formed when uranium breaks down. As uranium breaks down, radon gas forms and creates a serious health problem as it may seep through the foundation of homes, or even enter the water supply. No matter how the gas enters a Bloomington, IN home, the effects can be devastating. The gas is known to kill 21,000 people each year, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Somehow, we have allowed this gas to infiltrate many homes, without any serious recourse of reducing the amount of gas in these homes.

There is a team of organizations and departments that have joined forces together to improve the overall living quality of homes in Bloomington, IN and across the United States. The organization is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The organization consists of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agencies. With everyone joining forces together, we will be able to end substandard health conditions noted for homes across America.

HUD has been greatly applauded for their efforts to provide safe homes in Bloomington, IN and across the United States. HUD has made it mandatory for all multi-family homes financed through HUD to be required to have a radon test. This is important as radon is both odorless and colorless, meaning that a radon test is the only way to fully determine whether or not a home is truly endangered by this gas. Once the test is returned, it is now mandatory for all HUD financed multi-family homes to install an air purification system to reduce the levels of radon gas in the home. The American Lung Association points out that this will reduce even more lung diseases by having a purification system that can remove moisture and ventilate the Bloomington home.