NRPP ACCREDITATION ANNOUNCEMENT
The National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) was accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board for fulfilling the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 standard for certification bodies in June. NRPP’s radon measurement and mitigation certifications are the only radon industry certifications to earn ANSI recognition, which separates NRPP from the competition and distinguishes top-quality radon professionals.
The ANSI accreditation process is designed to increase the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals. It creates value for all the stakeholders including certification holders, employers, the public, and regulatory authorities. Accreditation is a formal, independent verification that a program meets established quality standards and is competent to conduct the conformity assessment tasks necessary for certification. ISO/IEC 17024 sets the requirements and the framework, at a global level, for the operation of personnel certification bodies. MORE
NJ DEP Has New Rules Effective Dec. 6, 2022
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Commission on Radiation Protection have repealed the existing radon certification program and adopted new rules applicable to individuals and businesses that test for or mitigate radon. The new provisions take effect December 6, 2022.
- The ANSI-AARST measurement and mitigation standards (MAH, MAMF, MALB, SGM-SF, RMS-LB, and RMS-LB) have been adopted.
- The Department established five categories of certification and an affiliate program that allows individuals to associate with one or more certified businesses to conduct radon testing or mitigation. The certifications are radon measurement specialist, radon measurement technician, radon mitigation specialist, radon measurement business, and radon mitigation business.
- Currently certified persons and businesses must complete renewal applications by October 3, 2022.
- Individuals who perform measurement or mitigation work in multifamily or large buildings are required to complete eight hours of training in multifamily or large buildings (or both if working in both).
- The New Jersey-specific exam will be phased out; applicants will be required to pass exams administered by the National Radon Proficiency Program or other organization that the Department determines administers a substantively equivalent examination. The Department will provide a list of approved organizations on its website, www.njradon.org.
HUD Awards $4 MILLION to Public Housing Agencies
HUD Awards $4 MILLION to Public Housing Agencies to Protect Families from Potential Exposures to Radon in Rockford IL; Fort Wayne IN; Rockville MD; Inkster MI; Independence MO; Albany NY; Cleveland, OH; Lebanon PA; and Rock Hill SC.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has awarded $4 million to nine public housing agencies (PHAs) to conduct radon testing and, as needed, radon mitigation in approximately 1,000 housing units. Where applicable, the funding will also support the development of PHAs’ plans for future testing and mitigation.
The funding, provided through HUD’s new Radon Testing and Mitigation Demonstration Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for public housing agencies, will provide HUD with important information on methods and costs for radon testing and mitigation in public housing around the country. MORE
Lung Cancer and Radon:
Pooled Analysis of Uranium Miners
The Pooled Uranium Miners Analysis (PUMA) analyzes data of uranium miners from Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, and the United States. Analyses of the association between cumulative exposure to radon progeny and mortality are ongoing. This report focuses on miners first employed in 1960 or later, thereby narrowing down the data to those miners who tend to have higher-quality assessments of radon progeny exposures that occurred at lower exposure rates. This is important because residential, as well as most contemporary occupational, exposures to radon progeny occur at low rates. The availability of results derived from studies of individuals with low exposure rates is of substantial interest for radiation protection. Our focus for this study is on estimates of the risk of lung cancer after exposure to low-level radon progeny, which is a central concern in radiation protection. MORE
AARST Symposium EARLY BIRD Opens July 15th
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In just a couple of weeks, AARST launches EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION! Register early for your discount and review the draft agenda, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. AARST has received more than thirty abstract proposals for session topics featuring Practice & Policy, Vapor Intrusion and Science & Research. Registration includes the opportunity to earn up to 12 CEUs at no extra cost! Book your stay today in beautiful Bellevue Washington on the Symposium website.
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Inflation More Concerning Than Covid for Small Businesses
While the majority of business owners are reporting the state of their business as healthy, they express concern over the impact of inflation. Covid-19 has taken a back seat to these rising inflation concerns according to a survey released by the US Chamber of Commerce. The Apr/May 2022 survey found that as Covid-19 concerns fade, increasing interest rates are a main cause of the inflation concern. MORE
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