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EPA Grant Helps Protect Vermont Residence from Radon Exposure
BOSTON - The state of Vermont has received $105,000 that will support efforts to reduce exposure and health risks of radon found in buildings and schools.
The Vermont Department of Health received funds to provide long term test kits for homeowners, and to promote radon-resistant construction techniques in new buildings and renovations. The project will also offer technical assistance for assessing and reducing radon in schools.
The State of Vermont matches the federal award with 40 percent state funding to support actions in the state's approved work plan.
The State of Vermont's Radon Program provides free long-term radon testing kits to the general public and provides referrals for radon mitigation contractors as well as assistance with school radon testing.
In the coming months, Vermont will: increase the number of homes and buildings tested for radon; promote the installation of systems to reduce radon in homes and buildings; encourage radon-resistant new construction techniques and work with partners who will support radon risk reduction goals.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas, when inhaled, can damage the lungs, potentially causing cancer. EPA recommends that all buildings be tested for radon. If the radon level is above a certain concentration, a mitigation system should be installed.
More information on Radon and testing your home (www.epa.gov/radon)