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EPA Grant Helps Protect Vermont Residents 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.

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Professor to Study Effects of Energy-Efficiency Measures on Indoor Air Quality

BOONE—Weatherization improves a building’s energy efficiency by keeping cold air out in the winter and hot humid air out in the summer. But do these measures affect indoor air quality?

That’s what a team from Appalachian State University plans to find out.

Dr. Susan C. Doll, an assistant professor in building science program in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design, has received a three-year $696,810 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to compare air quality measurements in homes in North Carolina mountain and coastal communities to see if weatherization affects the level of indoor air contaminants.

“One approach for improving energy efficiency is to seal up the buildings so you are not losing conditioned air, but we can’t forget about the people living in these buildings,” Doll said.

Grant to Fund Radon Test Kits in Gary, Access Mold Hazards

GARY│ The City Council approved a $5,000 grant Tuesday evening that will enable the city to offer public education for healthy homes.

The state of Indiana's federally funded state indoor radon gas grant from the Indiana State Department of Health will help provide tools for educating residents on mold, radon, carbon monoxide and many other indoor health hazards, said Dorreen Carey, Gary's Department of Environmental Affairs coordinator.

"This money will help provide us with 200 radon test kits," said Carey. "We've already been able to conduct 43 tests to check for radon and they've all come back with little or no traces of the gas."

Homes that are eligible for radon testing include families that have children 6 years of age and younger and homes that have been built before 1978 when lead-based paints were used.

Ohio Health Dept. Lands $100K in State Grants

State Senator Karen Gillmor (R-Tiffin) announced Thursday grants totaling more than $1.9 million have been awarded by the Ohio Department of Health to county health agencies within the 26th Ohio Senate District.

"These grants will allow county health agencies to provide health services for important issues such as lead poisoning and radon, which are often overlooked in many communities but can have devastating health consequences," Gillmor stated in a news release. "I commend the efforts of all of these agencies in working to keep Ohio families and children safe and healthy."

The Seneca County Health Department has been awarded a $54,000 grant for childhood lead prevention and a $50,500 grant for indoor radon education and outreach.

"We appreciate so much of what (Sen. Gillmor) does," said Health Commissioner Marjorie Broadhead. "All of these are wonderful programs."