Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Materials used in building construction and conditions resulting from property damage, or even poor maintenance and upkeep, can result in indoor air pollution that could jeopardize a person's health. Many of the sources of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems (i.e. formaldehyde, mold, radon, etc.) can be easily prevented and corrected by simple measures. Therefore, to help homeowners and business owners recognize and correct problems they may be experiencing, the following sources have been pulled together for easy access to useful information and answers to solve indoor air pollution. The information consists of guidance on most IAQ issues and associations of professional consultants should these services be desired or needed. Authorization and resources do not allow the MDEQ to visit homes and businesses to test for indoor pollution, but the agency is striving to be of assistance through the information it is making available here.
“How to Request Your Landlord to Make Repairs Under the Mississippi Residential Landlord Act”: pdf

For additional guidance from Mississippi Legal Services on Housing Issues, click HERE.

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Hide details for About Mold and other Indoor PollutantsAbout Mold and other Indoor Pollutants

    Show details for Air DuctsAir Ducts

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    For EPA's opionion about Ozone Generators, click HERE

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    Hide details for Biological contaminantsBiological contaminants
    Biological contaminants include bacteria, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen.
    To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE.

    Show details for Carbon Monoxide (CO)Carbon Monoxide (CO)

    Hide details for Fireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilersFireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilers

    The major pollutants released from these sources are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particles. Unvented kerosene heaters may also generate acid aerosols. (Recent regulatory requirements require wood boilers to be no closer than 100 ft from a residence).
    To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE .

    Hide details for FormaldehydeFormaldehyde
    • To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE.
    • A Consumer Product Safety Commission document on Formaldehyde, click HERE

    Note on mobile homes, travel trailers and cottages:
    Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in pressed-wood products, including particle board, and can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, wheezing and coughing, fatigue, skin rashes, headaches, nosebleeds, and severe allergic reactions.. Formaldehyde levels are generally much higher in the warmer months. Good ventilation can dilute and reduce levels quite a bit.

    Hide details for Household Cleaning Chemicals and SpraysHousehold Cleaning Chemicals and Sprays

    Safe household cleaners
    • EPA Green Seal recommended products, click HERE.
    • Melaleuca safe cleaning products -- 1-800-282-3000 , click HERE.
    • Green Works™ natural cleaners, click HERE.
    • Healthy Child product recommendations, click HERE.
    • Rochester Midland Corp. -- products for industry and school use, 1-800-836-1633, click HERE.

    Show details for InsulationInsulation

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    Hide details for RadonRadon

    U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory

    "Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country.  It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable.  Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."  January 2005

    A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon
    To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE

    "Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon"
    To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE

    One may also call the Radon hotline number at the National Safety Council
    (800) SOS-RADON or (800) 55-RADON

    Compared to other states, most of Mississippi has a low predictive indoor radon screening. Radon levels in Alcorn, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee have a medium predictive level.
    To view radon maps of any state click HERE

    Discounted radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council - 1-800-SOS-RADON ;
    Read the section in "A Citizen's Guide to Radon" listed above for a discussion on how to get reliable radon test results.

    Schools: The Indoor Radon Program in Mississippi provides free screening for schools in participating areas. Call 1-800-626-7739 or (601) 987-6893.

    Show details for Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)

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    Hide details for Resources for ResearchResources for Research
    Hide details for EPA ResourcesEPA Resources
    • EPA's Indoor Air Quality page, click HERE
    • "The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality": click HERE

    Indoor airPLUS: This EPA's program offers guidance and building specifications for good indoor home planning and construction: click HERE

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
    P.O. Box 42419
    Cincinnati, OH 45242-0419
    Phone: 1-800-490-9198
    Fax: (301) 604-3408

    Note: The NSCEP operates a Toll-free phone service for EPA Publication Assistance with live customer service representative assistance Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm eastern time.

    EPA's Indoor Air Quality Information Line: toll-free number: 1-800-438-4318

    Show details for Publications on Multiple IAQ TopicsPublications on Multiple IAQ Topics
    Hide details for Organizations that Address Indoor Air IssuesOrganizations that Address Indoor Air Issues

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    Show details for Consultants and LaboratoriesConsultants and Laboratories

    Hide details for Related IAQ TopicsRelated IAQ Topics

    Hide details for Training and CertificationTraining and Certification
    • American Council for Accredited Certification, Click HERE.
    • National Center for Healthy Housing (Formerly the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing), Click HERE
    • Free online course: "Introduction to Mold & Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals", Click HERE.

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    For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799
    Or Air Toxics Branch