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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:00 pm

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments for America’s families. The plan brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and advancing existing state, local and national programs.

The plan includes strategies to reach low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones. With the help of all agency networks, approximately 7.5 million buildings and homes in the United States will be able to receive information and build awareness around this public health risk.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. Approximately one in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed. The EPA and the Surgeon General urge people to test their homes for radon at least every two years.

 Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at www.RadonPlan.us or by calling 1-800-SOS-RADON.

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