Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill introduced his Private Members Bill entitled the Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, 2011 to the Ontario Legislature today.
Exposure to radon gas which is colourless, odourless and tasteless is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking in Ontario. Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soils, rocks, and water. When the gas breaks down or decays, radioactive elements can be formed that can be inhaled into the lungs.
The purpose of this Act will be to raise awareness about radon, to establish the Ontario Radon Registry, and to reduce radon levels in dwellings and workplaces. This Act offers a number of remedies to this significant problem.
MPP Moridi’s Private Members Bill has now passed Second Reading, and from there will proceed to Committee for public review and comment.
Dr. Moridi, a leading nuclear scientist, has been supported in his efforts with his Bill by the Ontario Lung Association and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.
“Ontario Lung Association has been working to educate all residents about the dangers of radon exposure, the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. We support the efforts of Dr. Moridi in developing Bill 182 and urge all parties to support this important Bill”.
- Andrea Stevens Lavigne, Vice President of Provincial Programs, Ontario Lung Association
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