STATEWIDE — A bill that aims to lower lung cancer rates in Maine has been signed into law.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Joe Baldacci of Bangor.
It will create a program that would give landlords and homeowners incentives to test their buildings for radon and for mitigation services.
It would also provide a state designation that the property has complied with federal environmental standards.
Baldacci said it is modeled after a mitigation program in Minnesota.
Under the new law, taxpayers will now pay for radon testing and up to $600 for mitigation expenses, if needed.
According to Baldacci, mitigation costs are generally $1,200 or lower.
Baldacci said the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a study that shows most counties in the state have high levels of radon.
The bill was supported by the Maine chapter of the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and state-based groups advocating for lung cancer issues.