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Effective today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Multifamily Housing new policy makes radon testing and mitigation in renter-occupied homes mandatory for certain HUD programs. A nationally-awarded radon mitigation contractor is providing the most cost-effective solution to meet increasing demand created by the new HUD radon requirements.
Collinsville, IL - June 4, 2013
ST. LOUIS — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long recommended testing for radon and mitigating the radioactive gas when results show levels of 4 picocuries per liter of air or higher. But starting today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is implementing a new policy that will make radon testing and mitigation in renter-occupied homes mandatory for certain HUD programs in an attempt to eliminate radon exposure and prevent some of the estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths in the United States every year.
Effective June 4, 2013, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing new policy requires radon testing and, if applicable, mitigation for most new FHA-insured construction, conversion and substantial rehabilitation projects, as well as most FHA-insured refinance transactions.
“We are confident that this policy will effectively mitigate the risks of radon exposure for residents of FHA-insured multifamily housing in a sensible and cost effective way,” said Marie Head, Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs.
Radon exposure is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Naturally-occurring from decaying uranium in rocks and soil, the odorless and tasteless gas enters homes through foundation cracks, basements, dirt crawl spaces, openings around floor drains, and gaps around pipes.
"The only way to know whether radon is present is to test," said Ken Herrmann, Radon Mitigation Specialist with Woods Basement Systems, Inc. "The best radon mitigation system can be installed in most homes in less than a day, and then families can enjoy safer, healthier living at home."
Woods Basement Systems, Inc., a leading member of the National Radon Defense network, provides do-it-yourself test kits and has a team of trained radon specialists who design and install radon mitigation systems for homes and businesses. When radon levels are found to be above the EPA's recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter of air, Woods Basement Systems can design and install an affordable and aesthetically pleasing mitigation system to produce a safer and healthier environment for families.
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