EPA awards $30K to Mohawks for asthma program

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for a program to educate the tribal community on ways to reduce exposure to substances that can trigger asthma attacks.

The grant was awarded under the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

The Mohawks’ Air Quality Program will use the grant to implement a clean air intervention project that will educate the northern New York tribal community to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers.

An indoor air quality expert will conduct an air quality audit of each home and help residents reduce exposures to toxins including radon, mold, household chemicals and second-hand smoke.

Participants will receive continued monitoring to evaluate the impact of these strategies.

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