Vol. 8 No. 3 March 2022

News and Events For the Radon Professional

State and Tribal
Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) Program

For more than 30 years, EPA has provided critical funding to support state, territory and tribal efforts to reduce radon-related health risks through the
SIRG program. EPA wants to ensure that all eligible parties, including tribes, have the information they need to apply for SIRG funding. Each year, EPA allocates funds to the 10 EPA regional offices for award to recipients. Each regional office has an established radon/SIRG program coordinator who negotiates work plans, tracks progress, provides technical assistance compiles reports from recipients in their region and performs other grant-related activities. For all SIRG opportunities, initial proposals/ applications must be submitted using grants.gov. You can find details in A Fact Sheet for Tribes.

What’s In Your Truck

Check out what’s in Jesse Green’s truck! (owner of American Radon Mitigation, Inc. and AARST North Star Chapter President). Want to show what you bring to jobs? Send us a video, we’d love to share what’s in your truck!

ICC Code Change Proposals

AARST, American Lung Association, CRCPD, EPA, and National Center for Healthy Housing submitted code change proposals to the International Code Council to attempt (once again) to improve Appendix F. Technical proposals call for connecting perforated pipe or geotextile matting to the tee fitting under the slab; centering the pipe in an unobstructed cylindrical space in the attic for fan installation except where an electrical supply is provided on the roof or other accessible area; connecting perforated pipe or geotextile matting to the tee fitting under the membrane or connecting it to the interior drain tile system; specifying ASTM E1745 Class A poly to be consistent with another section of the IRC; and allowing an exception from placing aggregate or sand where geotextile drain matting is installed on well-drained or sand-gravel mixture that meets Group 1 classification. A sixth proposal, led by EPA, would eliminate the limitation of the use of Appendix F to Zone 1 and delete the EPA radon map and county list. The IRC Committee will hear the proposals at an in-person meeting in Rochester NY in late March / early April.

In Mailboxes Soon

The first Radon Reporter issue of 2022 will be in mailboxes this March. This informative industry magazine is published three times a year exclusively for AARST members and active NRPP professionals. Keep an eye out for your copy that includes articles about conducting business during inflationary times, VI transactional considerations, mitigation, the Radon Report Card, NRAP, and the 2022 Symposium.

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Start planning your trip to the 2022 International Radon and Vapor Intrusion Symposium this October 24-26, in Bellevue, Washington.

Stakeholder Meetings are BACK!

Stakeholder, region and chapter meetings are back! Meetings are a great place to get C.E., hear hear updates regarding policy from local and national radon partners, see radon exhibits and make new connections!

Region 7 is March 8 at Overland Park, Kansas. To register for the meeting visit: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tpfWwAgH7ftZ9c  To register for Monday CE visit https://radoncourses.com/CE/In-person

Midwest Region Stakeholder is March 11 at Oak Brook, Illinois. For pricing, to register and CE credit information visit: https://www.mwaarst.org/events/#!event/2022/3/11/illinois-radon-stakeholders-apos-meeting

Region 8 is April 7 at Moab, UT. To register for the meeting or courses visit: https://deq.utah.gov/waste-management-and-radiation-control/radon/2022-epa-region-8-radon-stakeholders-meeting

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2022 Member Appreciation

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Federal Appropriations: News from Capitol Hill

Congress reached an agreement to fund the federal government in March, a scant six months into the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. Highlights: EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) program will receive another $500,000 during FY 22 to bring the total to...

Legislative Victories

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National Radon Action Plan 2021-25

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AARST Releases 2022 Radon Report Card

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ARPC 2022 Drive

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Call for Presentation Abstracts 2022

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HUD has committed to minimize residential radon exposure by developing policy across programs and providing guidance and technical assistance to HUD program partners. According to the plan  (released November 17), HUD will develop a simple departmental radon policy...

Are Your Mitigation Labels Compliant with AARST Standards?

If you are using off-the-shelf mitigation system labels, chances are they are not compliant with the updated ANSI-AARST mitigation standard (SGM-SF-2017). An AARST staff review of labels from five different suppliers found them missing key information. We all know...

2022 Symposium Call for Presentation Abstracts

Your knowledge and experience is very important to us! We are looking for presentation abstracts from members of the scientific, medical, professional, educational, housing, business, policy, and advocacy communities to share new and innovative technology, research findings, business and financial strategies, policy updates, and other topics that will educate radon and chemical vapor intrusion professionals and other stakeholders. This Call also includes proposals for Continuing Education Courses offered during the Symposium. Deadline for submissions May 15, 2022.

Welcome to Our Newest
 AARST Members!

Aaron Lyons (NE), Andrei Jablokow (PA), Brande Doll (NE), Charles Van Allen (KY), Elizabeth Teague (MA), Jason O Bates (OH), Joshua Fitzgarrald (NE), Lance N. Rule (WI), Robert W. Corum (NE), Salvatore Nolfo (NC), Terry Ross (NV), Tina Ross (NV), TJ Tolley (IN), William Whipple (GA), Zan Jones (IL)

Welcome to Our Newest
NRPP Certified Professionals!

Aarmond J Proctor (CO), Alex Becker (CO), Austin Ogden (MD), Benjamin Shein (AZ), Bradley A Lewis (VA), Brandon Klacynski (VA), Brian Weltman (CA), Christopher d’Arcy (PA), Christopher Elliot Smith (MO), Christopher Job (CA), Cody Nish (WY), Craig A Madsen (CO), Cyrus Garrison (TN), Darby Nafziger (MO), Dennis M Minter (CO), Derrick Clayton Winstead (OH), Dwight Chew (VA), Dylan A McRae (IN), Everett L Imel (KY), Hamid Rafiq (PA), Jason A Lee (IN), Jason Muckey (NY), Jeff Anderson (WI), Jessica L Shulman (MD), Joshua A Judge (IN), Larry Kinney (PA), Madelyn G Rodgers (VA), Mark Rojek (IL), Matthew R Sedia (KY), Michael J Watson (NY), Michael P Reid (GA), Michael Smit (NM), Nathan C Prince (ID), Nicholas A Long (TN), Rene Lloyd (IN), Robert B Perkins (MD), Ronald Melchior (MD), Ryan Giacomini (IL), Shawn Eddy (VA), Sierra Lulli (GA), Taliesen Partridge (AL), Teresa Kulakowski (VA), Thomas M Tankersley (NC), Wayne Krupp (MI), Whitney Laude (TX)

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