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  • William J. Angell, a professor at the University of Minnesota and the lead instructor in the Radon Measurement course at Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, says that 300 deaths linked to high levels of radon gas in Canadian homes could be prevented each year with stricter building and emission guidelines.

    Radon, a naturally occurring odorless, colourless gas emitted from uranium in the soil, is responsible for one in seven lung cancer deaths in Canada each year. Professor Angell, who also heads up one of four Regional Radon Training Centers in the U.S., says that a report published by the World Health Organization recommends lowering the allowable levels of radon in homes to half of the Canadian Threshold for Action.

    According to Prof. Angell, effective radon control systems in new homes, including improved ventilation systems and structural designs, are critical to reverse the growing number of homes with elevated indoor radon concentrations.