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2010 AARST Annual Board Elections By Internet Vote

Fully paid AARST members (Individual, Company, Corporate or Executive level), will be able to vote online between 12:01AM (Eastern) September 15, 2010 and 11:59 PM (Eastern) on October 16, 2010. For the 2010 board elections AARST has engaged the services of VoteNet, an independent electronic voting service provider that specializes in non-profit and association board elections.

The Voting Site will open on Wednesday morning September 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM Eastern

If you are not a member and you wish to vote, please sign up on the AARST web site: www.aarst.org/hmtl or renew your membership today and we will add you to the voting list. All eligible AARST members will receive specific voting instructions via an email. Employees as well as honorary and associate members are not eligible to vote.

2010 International Radon Symposium Invitation

Invitation to Attend the 2010 International Radon Symposium
American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST)
Hyatt Regency Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio
October 17-20, 2010

AARST’s preliminary program for the 2010 International Radon Symposium (held in conjunction with CRCPD’s National Radon Training Meeting) is attached.

The 2010 Symposium program includes peer-reviewed presentations, panels on radon risk reduction policy and practice, and sessions for the radon professional that include continuing education on risk management, marketing and nuts and bolts mitigation and measurement practices.

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, the times and presentations are still subject to change.

Please contact me should you have any questions about registration, presentations or exhibits.


Peter Hendrick
Executive Director, AARST

To Register for the Symposium : WWW.AARST.ORG

State of Florida Issues First Mold Remediation License

State Of Florida Department Of Business & Professional Regulation issues first mold remediation license to Gene Yacobacci of RMS Environmental Construction Services. Under the new Florida Mold Licensing Law as of July 1st, 2010, anyone performing mold assessments and or mold remediation must be licensed through the state of Florida and carry a minimum $1,000,000 of professional liability insurance specific to mold remediation and or mold assessment.

For more information regarding the new Florida Mold Licensing Law please visit the FL DBPR web site at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/mold/index.html.

RMS Environmental Construction Services is a division of Radon Mitigation Services, LLC. Gene Yacobacci has been a State Of Florida Certified Radon Mitigation Specialist for over 16 years and has been in business serving Collier County and and the State of FL for 16 years.

Is there any interaction between domestic radon exposure and air pollution from traffic in relation to childhood leukemia risk?

BACKGROUND: In a recent population-based case-control study using 2,400 cases of childhood cancer, we found a statistically significant association between residential radon and acute lymphoblastic leukemia risk.

HYPOTHESIS: Traffic exhaust in the air enhances the risk association between radon and childhood leukemia.

METHODS: We included 985 cases of childhood leukemia and 1,969 control children. We used validated models to calculate residential radon and street NO(x) concentrations for each home. Conditional logistic regression analyses were used to analyze the effect of radon on childhood leukemia risk within different strata of air pollution and traffic density.

Radon Tee Welcomed by Association of Building Engineers

Radon Tee was given a very warm welcome by the Association of Building Engineers at the Building & Building Maintenance Exhibition

The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) was founded in 1925, originally under the name ‘The Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors’. The wide-ranging membership of engineers, surveyors, architects and other property professionals are drawn from both the UK and overseas, and the Association aims to encourage and facilitate co-operation between construction professionals.

ABE’s primary objective is to promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of all aspects of the built environment.

2010 International Radon Symposium Abstracts

The following abstracts have been accepted by the AARST International Radon Symposium:

Improving Indoor Air Quality By Reducing Radon And Vapor Intrusion Through The Use Of Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)

Getting the Most Out of Radon Tee: Resources Available!

Planning on hosting Radon Tee this year? Thinking about hosting, but not yet signed up? There is a new resource posted to help you: Getting the Most Out of Radon Tee

Use this and other posted resources to explore what you can do with the campaign and see how others have creatively and wisely spent their time with TEE.

Don't forget about Radon Tee 2011!

This is a follow up blog posting from a blog posted by Rebecca Reindel (EPA) on June 2, 2010 - 4:28pm. See original below:

Update to 2010 National Radon Action Month Results Reporting

Radon Colleagues,

I want to acknowledge a slight glitch in the collection of 2010 National Radon Action Month Activities and apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, a small segment of NRAM activities that were submitted within the specified time period were not included in our final count. This was due to a glitch in the activity submittal form that deleted or did not recognize the start dates of these activities. Because the start date was one of the factors that we used to determine our final activity count, these activities were accidentally omitted.

10th International Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic

10th International Workshop on the Geological Aspects of Radon Risk Mapping
September 22nd – 25th, 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

Workshop Topics:
- Radon Mapping
- National Strategies, Approaches To Radon Risk
- Methods Of Measurements, Classification Of Radon Risk
- Indoor Radon – Geology Relationships, Factors Influencing The Radon Entry Into Houses
- Radon Risk - Preventive Measures And Remediation
- Radon Measurements For Other Purposes (Earthquake Prediction, Radon As A Natural Tracer, Mining Areas, Uranium Prospection)

September 19th (Sunday) – Registration for RIM (5:00-7:00pm)
September 20th (Monday) – Registration for RIM (8:00-9:30am), Field Measurements
September 21st (Tuesday) – Field Measurements, Registration for Workshop (5:00-8:00pm)
September 22nd (Wednesday) - Registration for Workshop (8:00-9:30am), Sessions
September 23rd (Thursday) – Sessions, Workshop Dinner

Journal of Environmental Health - Letter to the Editor

Radon Resistant New Construction

Dear Editor:

I am a doctoral candidate in advertising at The University of Texas at Austin, a National Science Foundation fellow, and grantee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I have been working in U.S. EPA’s Indoor Environments Division and in affiliation with the inter-agency Healthy Homes Work Group since January. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the NEHA/U.S. EPA Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) workshop in Washington, DC. Listening to the points that arose during Q&A and in the conversations that came up between presentations and during the lunches, there was a strong recurring theme that resonates with my background in communication and psychology:
perhaps the greatest obstacle facing radon testing, radon mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction is human irrationality.