Health Officials Urge Legislation to Compel Radon Testing


Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, accounting for 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths each year. Yet, we currently address this health risk through voluntary federal guidelines and the spotty use of provincial and territorial building codes. A number of public health officials are urging legislation to compel radon testing, and point to real estate transactions, daycare licensing and workplace health and safety laws as examples of areas where radon testing and remediation could be imposed.

In the meantime, the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE), a national coalition of organizations of which Pollution Probe is a founding member, is working to encourage families to test their homes for radon on a routine basis.


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