Radon: Building a BC Based Response – Year two

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils. Radon can enter buildings and reach high levels in indoor air (Khan and Gomes, 2017). It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking). killing approximating 3200 Canadians a year (Chen et al. 2012). High radon concentrations can be easily remedied, and doing so is a cost effective way to prolong life and reduce death from disease (Gaskin, et. al. 2018). However, Canada’s legal rights and remedies to respond to radon in Canada are largely inadequate (Dunn and Cooper, 2015). Action has been slow due to a lack of strong policy networks, and clear legal frameworks for change (Quastel, et. al.2018). In response, the British Columbia Lung Association (BCLA) has a new program on Indoor Healthy Environments, which includes scaling up radon education and awareness, building advocacy networks, and promoting legal change. BCLA requires someone with knowledge of law, policy and social science of the built environment for this new program. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Anne-Marie Nicol;Angela Fang


Noah Alexander Quastel


British Columbia Lung Association





Simon Fraser University



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