Cybersecdn- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently taken a significant step towards ensuring safer living environments in public housing. With the allocation of over $3 million, HUD aims to combat the threat posed by radon, a colorless and odorless gas that is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. This initiative marks the first time HUD has integrated radon considerations into its environmental review process.
Grants have been awarded to public housing agencies across six states: Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Tennessee. These funds are earmarked for testing and mitigating radon in various housing units, particularly those located on the ground floor where radon, typically found in the soil, poses a greater risk.
For example, in Illinois, the Warren County Housing Authority received $600,000 to address radon in 129 units, while in Maryland, the Housing Authority of Prince George’s County will utilize $450,678 for testing and mitigation in 143 units. These efforts are expected to protect thousands of residents, including children, from the harmful effects of radon exposure.
Secretary Marcia L. Fudge emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating that it aims to increase awareness and address radon hazards to ensure the health and safety of families across America. While the policy does not mandate testing, it encourages local authorities to conduct it when necessary, signifying an important step in HUD’s broader strategy to enhance living conditions in public housing.