WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) is awarding 17 cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations and a university, totaling approximately $2.4 million to improve indoor air quality nationwide, according to a press release.
"EPA is proud to be working with our partners nationwide to improve the air we breathe at school, work and home," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA''s Office of Air and Radiation
"American communities face serious health and environmental challenges from air pollution. This effort gives us an opportunity to improve indoor air quality by increasing awareness of environmental health risks," McCarthy added.
The goal of these projects is to educate Americans on how to reduce the environmental health risks of indoor contaminants through demonstrations, education projects, trainings and outreach efforts, the release stated.
EPA is placing particular emphasis on reaching households with children, low-income families and minorities because they are disproportionately impacted by poor indoor air quality, the release noted.