Legislators Push For Mandatory Radon Tests at Day Care Centers

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Legislators and cancer advocates want to make it mandatory for day cares in Virginia to start testing for radon.

The bill says any area with moderate to high levels of radon, including the Shenandoah Valley, would need to test for radon.

According to Virginia Senator George Barkers office, the bill did not pass through the subcommittee to become a law; however, the Department of Social Services has agreed to consider making it a regulation instead of a law.

Barker said this will take longer to go into effect, probably the winter of 2015-2016.

It is expected to be successful.

April Payne, the director of West Rockingham Daycare and Preschool, said day cares are already required to have yearly fire and health inspections as well as test for asbestos.

She is shocked radon currently isn't on the list.

"It could be scary for parents not knowing if there is radon in the facility and then finding out later that there was," said Payne.

Marsha Moore, a grandparent, said she hopes changes are made soon to give her a sense of ease.

"I would feel like my grandchildren are in a safer environment," said Moore.

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