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News Releases from Region 06

EPA Reduces Health Risk from Radon in New Mexico

Contact Information: 
Joe Hubbard (r6press@epa.gov)
Jennah Durant

DALLAS - (April 8, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $221,158 to the New Mexico Environment Department. The state will use the funds to protect residents of New Mexico-particularly school-age children-from harmful exposures to radon gas and other indoor air pollutants that may cause cancer.

EPA regularly works with organizations to reduce the environmental health risks of indoor air contaminants such as radon and asthma triggers. 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 worsen allergies or cause respiratory illnesses-such as asthma.

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April 4-10 is National Public Health Week, and environmental protection is public health protection. Each and every day, EPA strives to protect the air we breathe, the water that flows into our communities and the land where we build our communities. These are things the American people expect and deserve - whether it's the everyday protection of air and water or protection of land.

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