Public policy is one of the three pillars that undergird AARST’s effectiveness and provide for the future. Advocacy work at the federal, national, state and local level drives legislators’ and executive branch leaders’ awareness of radon as a problem; these policymakers have the power to enact and enforce the laws and codes that fuel demand for measurement, mitigation and radon-reducing new construction.
The AARST Government Affairs team maintains a strong and vital presence representing the radon industry before Congress, key federal agencies and national organizations.
Government Affairs also serves as the go-to technical resource for chapters and members in shaping state and local public policy. At the heart of AARST’s public policy advocacy work is the radon professional community’s leadership in educating elected and appointed officials to advance meaningful state policies for credentialing radon professionals, testing buildings, and notifying prospective homebuyers and tenants about the need to test for radon and effective state or local code requirements for radon systems in new buildings.
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Recent successes include more protective multifamily lending policies at HUD, new radon requirements for privatized military housing, and a testing requirement added to the IRC’s Appendix F as well as ensuring $64 million for state radon programs over the last 8 years.
State and Local Policy
States have the power to enact laws to protect the public from radon exposure. Nineteen states require credentials for radon professionals. Nine states require notification of prospective homebuyers about the need to test for radon.
Building Codes and Standards
Building codes govern new construction. Nine states and numerous localities require radon systems in new homes.