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Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) Calls for Tough Standard for Tritium in Drinking Water

The Ontario Drinking Water Advisory Council (ODWAC) consultation on a revised standard for tritium in drinking water is, refreshingly, taking the long view. In seeking public input ODWAC is revisiting important recommendations for tritium made nearly 15 years ago by the Advisory Committee on Environmental Standards, a committee whose existence, and tritium recommendations, were casualties of Harris government cuts. CELA has called for ODWAC to adopt the ACES recommendation of ultimately achieving a tritium standard of 20 Becquerels per Litre (Bq/L), far lower than the current limit of 7000 Bq/L. With nine additional recommendations, CELA has called for a comprehensive approach to eliminating these cancer-causing exposures in line with our long-term support for nuclear phase-out in Canada.

For more information: Sarah Miller, 416-960-2284, ext .213 millers@lao.on.ca

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