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EPA Awards $1.2 Million to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Release Date: 10/10/2012
Contact Information: Molly Hooven (News Media Only), hooven.molly@epa.gov, 202-564-2313, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it will provide a combined $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality projects. The funding will support recipients’ efforts to improve indoor air quality, which will better protect the health of Americans in classrooms, communities and homes across the country.

Education projects, training and outreach efforts supported by the funding will help reduce the environmental health risks of indoor air contaminants such as radon and asthma triggers. From organizing and training speakers on how to educate parents of children with asthma, to providing technical assistance that will help school districts develop indoor air quality management plans, these projects will help protect children and families. EPA emphasized selecting projects that assist low income and minority families that are disproportionately impacted by poor indoor air quality.

“EPA is proud to be working with our awardees across the nation to improve the air we breathe at school, work and home,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “American communities face serious health and environmental challenges from air pollution. This effort gives us an opportunity to improve indoor air quality by increasing awareness of environmental health risks.”

Indoor air pollutants in homes, buildings, and schools can negatively impact the health of occupants. Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches or fatigue. Others can cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma) or even cancer (from radon gas).

The projects will help improve indoor air quality and reduce the associated health risks by:

  • Increasing effective indoor air quality practices through community level education and outreach
  • Promoting positive indoor air quality management practices in schools by working with school districts and teachers
  • Increasing the number of homes tested for radon, homes built with radon-resistant features, and existing homes mitigated for radon
  • Creating awareness to reduce asthma triggers in the home and encourage the use of asthma management plans through community based asthma programs

More information about Indoor Air Assistance Agreements: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/regional_funding.html