The President’s budget has proposed to gut the only nationwide program that helps prevent the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States: Radon. The budget proposes to completely eliminate all funding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State Indoor Radon Grant program ($8 million in Fiscal Year 2012) and even technical assistance to the states and tribes ($1.9 million in FY 2012).
Instead, the budget unloads the burden on states and tribes to educate the public and reduce this carcinogen from homes and schools without providing any federal help. No specific resources exist at any other federal agency outside of the $2 million left at EPA to support the Federal Radon Action Plan. EPA warns that it may not meet the 2015 goal of preventing 1,460 premature lung cancer deaths annually due to the budget cuts.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, in the United States and the leading cause in nonsmokers. People who have never smoked make up approximately 2,900 of the estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. The National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Surgeon General have warned about the threat of lung cancer from radon.
Slashing funding for the Radon Program would have a devastating effect on the work being done across the United States to educate the public about the dangers of radon and save lives by protecting people from radon exposure. Over the past two decades, the Radon Program has helped reduce radon exposure in homes and schools and reduce radon-caused lung cancer.
Congress must fully restore EPA’s Radon Program and State Grants to $12 million. Please take a moment to fight lung cancer and send a message to your Members of Congress to support EPA’s Radon Program:
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