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CPC (ON)
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2015-06-18 16:36
You said there are two mitigation standards. There are building codes, etc., that they're working on. They're starting to realize them, but there's no line. One of my colleagues on the opposite side was talking about it. Is there a line when you buy a house that has to be there and your lawyer checks for it to make sure?
They used to have urea formaldehyde foam and it would say, “No, this house was never insulated with that foam.” Here, it would maybe be, “Yes, this house had a radon test and here's the result.” There's nothing like that out there, is there?
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:36
It's in very few communities. They have it in some communities. Those real estate documents differ quite a bit across the country.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:36
Is there any measurement of what percentage of lung cancers, or...? What is the contributory factor of radon to lung cancer nationally?
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:36
I'm not sure I completely understand the question.
It's been estimated that 16% of lung cancers are related to radon exposure, but....
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:36
That's helpful. Thank you very much.
Is there any evidence that there are more lung cancers in those communities you mentioned earlier, where there are more houses with an amount of radon that's up to 10% or 20% above normal, where it should not be?
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:37
I don't know that I can speak to that in detail. There have been some, but there are also communities where that hasn't been demonstrated. Probably the best answer is that it's not consistent.
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:37
There is.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:37
There's only one kind of radon, right?
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:37
Is it a matter of ventilation in the homes or something, or maybe some mitigation the homeowners have done, or maybe some populations aren't as susceptible to it as much as others are? Is there any hint of that?
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:37
Similar to the question of asking a lifelong smoker why they didn't develop lung cancer, it's very hard to explain exactly why some are impacted more than others.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:37
Right.
Perhaps you could take a minute and tell us, so that it's in the record here, the steps that homeowners who are concerned about this should take.
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:37
Test their home. They have two options. They can buy a do-it-yourself test kit or they can hire a certified professional. If the levels are high, take action to reduce, because it's easy. The cost is similar to other home maintenance costs. It's similar to a new air conditioner or a new furnace, and it will reduce your radon by up to 80% to 90%.
Kelley Bush
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Kelley Bush
2015-06-18 16:37
That's it. They can call Health Canada if they have any questions, because we're more than willing to help.
View Terence Young Profile
CPC (ON)
View Terence Young Profile
2015-06-18 16:38
Thank you very much.
Do I have any more time, Chair?
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