All Children Deserve a Healthy Learning Enviroment

All Children Deserve a Healthy Learning Environment

Children are inherently more vulnerable to environmental hazards because their bodies are still developing.  Substandard environmental conditions in schools, such as insufficient cleaning or inadequate ventilation, can cause serious health problems for children.  Evidence that indoor air quality directly impact health and student academic performance continues to mount.

Indoor air quality refers to those characteristics of the air in indoor environments, such as levels of radon, pollutants, humidity, temperature, etc., that impact the occupants’ health, comfort and ability to perform.

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More Information AboutThe Risks of Radon

 

 

The EPA plans to furnish radon information, promote testing, increase awareness, and give to States technical and financial assistance.  The Director of the EPA Center for Radon and Air toxics (within the Indoor Environments Division) called the 2012 goal “very aggressive,” as it represents a tripling of the current number of mitigations and doubling current levels of new homes built with RRNC.  EPA estimated, based on risk assessments, that:

  • The estimated number of homes with radon-reducing features increased from 153,598 during 2000 to 193,996 during 2005.
  • The estimated number of lives saved from additional homes having radon reducing features increased from 369 during 2000 to 577 during 2005.
  • The projected number of lives saved from additional homes having radon-reducing features will increase from 645 during 2006 to 1,250 during 2012