State policy is central to sustaining and growing an effective infrastructure to fully implement radon risk reduction across the US. AARST is committed to support chapters, leaders in states without chapters, and legislators in enacting and implementing public policies that advance risk reduction.
AARST priorities for state policy change are:
- regulation of radon measurement and mitigation professionals through certification
- recognition of current American National Standards
- testing new and existing buildings, such as child care facilities and schools, followed by mitigation of high radon levels
- home-buyer and renter notification of radon risk prior to sale or rental contract
- radon systems installed during new construction according to ANSI-AARST standards
AARST assists chapters in planning and implementing public policy advocacy work in their state. AARST Government Affairs (GA) assistance is tailored to the needs and opportunities that exist in each state, and can include telephone and email consultation, webinar presentations on trends in other states and best practices, researching of policymakers and policies, document development and review, and as possible, in-person visits. AARST Chapters develop government affairs programs and goals. Public policy objectives and leadership are fundamental elements of AARST National’s partnership with each chapter’s strategy for enacting and implementing public policies that advance the cause of radon risk reduction.
AARST has developed the State Report Card to facilitate evaluation and rating of state radon policies and risk according to objective criteria and publicize the results. AARST anticipates that this resource will assist policy makers, risk reduction advocates, radon professionals, radon programs, and other health and housing stakeholders in accomplishing expanded and improved efforts. The report card is updated annually.