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Government Agencies

Government Agencies
Global Indoor Health Network - Government agencies
Government agencies have written reports about the health effects of mold and related indoor air contaminants for decades.   The pages in this section provide copies of many of those reports by the World Health Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, Government Accountability Office, the state of Massachusetts and other government agencies.

One of the most common questions we receive at the Global Indoor Health Network:

Why Doesn't the Government Do Something About Indoor Air Pollution?

Click here to read GIHN's press release in response to that question.

The short answer is:  Big Business says NO WAY.  And, as we know, government answers to Big Business, not to individuals.

The GIHN paper titled "Discussion of Naysayers and Deniers" provides detailed information about the role of Big Business.

From the 2016 UNICEF report highlighting the significant impact of indoor and outdoor pollution on children and emphasizing the urgent need for countries to take action now. They say it very succinctly with the comment "the impact is commensurately shocking."

From the 2009 World Health Organization report: "Indoor air pollution -- such as from dampness and mould, chemicals and other biological agents -- is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide."

From the 1989
Massachusetts report“The indoor air we breathe often contains pollutants which may have health effects ranging from annoying to deadly. Major pollutant types found in indoor environments include tobacco smoke, radon gas, formaldehyde, asbestos, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, combustion products and biological contaminants. For most of these pollutants, concentrations measured indoors exceed levels found outdoors yet current environmental air pollution laws and regulations are not protective of these indoor environments. They focus instead on the outdoor environment even though individuals spend about ninety percent (90%) of their time indoors.”

From the 1989 EPA report to Congress:  "The population health risks posed by exposure to indoor air pollutants appear to be significantly greater than the health risks posed by some of the environmental problems that receive the most public concern and governmental funding, including hazardous and non-hazardous waste sites, and contaminated sludge."

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