New HUD Policy – Mandatory Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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Reducing Radon Lung Cancer in Indianapolis

Radon Lung CancerNew regulations set in place for Indianapolis, Indiana, and the nation by HUD will ensure that the living standards are improved for all in multi-family housing. If you have ever lived in multi-family housing, you know that the level of maintenance and upkeep of a home is often decided upon by the landlord. Lease agreements may or may not have legal language providing you the necessary protection and safety from harmful substances or gases that may be apparent in the multi-family home. Because of this common scenario, residents of Indianapolis often are not provided the necessary protection from radon gas, or other deadly substances, which is a true tragedy.

Recently, HUD has stepped up to provide protection to tenants and residents of multi-family homes. HUD is now requiring that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD in Indianapolis, and across America, will be required to have a radon test. Radon testing is extremely important as the gas is both odorless and colorless. This means that you will not be able to even guess whether or not a home has radon gas without a test.

Testing is only half of the battle though. Your Indianapolis home will also be required to have a mitigation system installed if it has high levels of radon gas. Of course, this is currently only mandatory to multi-family homes that are financed through HUD. While this may seem like a small step, it is the first of a greater movement at regulating this horrible gas, and providing the necessary protection for tenants in Indianapolis.

The American Lung Association Applauds Efforts to Reduce Radon Lung Cancer

The American Lung Association is excited for this news as it will mean a decline in the number of cases of radon lung cancer. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is known to kill 21,000 people annually. Regardless of this powerful statistic, not much has been done to provide tenants with protection until now. Much like asbestos, radon gas was not always known to cause such adverse health effects. Now that we know the damage it causes, which is radon lung cancer it only makes sense that we ensure the safety of building to protect against this horrible gas.

HUD is actually part of a large movement of organizations that will help fight for the improvement of safety in homes. The group is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. The group comprises 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 Agency. These organizations together will be able to continuously improve the living environment for everyone across the United States, and ensure that tenants or renters are entitled to a safe and healthy place to live in. Give a round of applause to the accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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