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An example of successful dialogue

This is the second post in a two-part blog on the Radon Stakeholder Dialogue. Read the first post: Reflections from the Radon Stakeholder Dialogue Facilitator.

When I first started working with the Radon community, one of the biggest concerns raised was the existence of two competing voluntary standards for radon mitigation. People feared consumer confusion, continuing competition between the two organizations who set the standards, and conflict for education programs and certification programs – who would have to choose which to teach and test – and regulated states – who might adopt one standard but work with professionals trained in the other. And even deeper challenges –poor relationships, ineffective communication, bad history, and lack of trust among parties – underlay the dispute.

Reflections from the Radon Stakeholder Dialogue Facilitator

As a relative outsider to the Radon community, I have been struck by how essential collaboration is to achieving the goals set by the Radon Leaders Saving Lives campaign, and how these goals in turn reflect the shared interests of the participating groups. No one group working on radon has the capacity to achieve it’s goals on it’s own, and all require and rely on the efforts of the others in order to meet the shared goals that each has come together to set. EPA’s mandate to
protect human health from the risks of radon gas, CRCPD’s aims to support State efforts to reduce radon exposure, and AARST’s mission to support a viable, skilled, and professional radon industry capable of providing measurement, mitigation, and information to the public – all

Prescription for: Radon A Medical Forum

May 7th, was the date of the recent Prescription for: Radon A Medical Forum. This event was held in Oak Brook at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus. The name says it all, this was a chance to share the radon message with the medical community and radon partners. The crowd of just shy of 100 included a variety of attendees from doctors, respiratory therapists, health educators, non-profit groups and leaders in the radon industry, Speakers were experts in their field. Tracy Enger of USEPA served as the moderator and brought life and excitement to the workshop. With a panel of experts that included Rick Guimond, PE, Susan Conrath PhD,MPH, Michael Stutz M.D., William Angell, Barbara Sorgatz and Paul Locke,JD, PhD the audience received details about radon history, the foundation of radon, a personal radon story, and how to communicate radon risk to patients and where to get the resources needed to share these resources.

20th National Radon Training Conference

A contract has been signed for the 20th National Radon Training Conference. It will be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 17-20, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency, Convention Center. Please note the month change from September to October.

There is not any additional infromation on the website yet. Should you want to view the radon page go to: http://www.crcpd.org/Radon.aspx

After the MW AARST conference...

After attending the Friday morning session of the MW AARST conference, I traveled to Champaign-Urbana for the State Science Fair. I discovered a radon project completed by a 7th grade student from Belleville, IL. His sixth grade teacher had died of lung cancer, was a non-smoker and her house was found to have elevated radon levels. The young man responded to this situation by testing a number of homes in St. Claire county around Belleville and he successfully presented the results. I encouraged him to continue his efforts, to consider incorporating some long-term tests, and to apply for a mini-grant from the Midwest Chapter of AARST! Several of you on this email list were acknowleged for helping with the project including Patrick Daniels and Cindy Ladage! Kudos!

Radon and Residential Real Estate: Getting to Know the Players

Radon and Residential Real Estate: Getting to Know the Players
Dr. Paul Locke is a radon leader who has over 20 years of experience in radon science, policy and law. He is particularly interested in how radon testing and remediation can be made part of residential real estate transactions. Dr. Locke is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This is Part 2 in a five-part blog on radon and residential real estate. Click here for the first post.

To take full advantage of the opportunities for radon testing and remediation that real estate transactions offer, and to learn more about the possible pitfalls of working in these transactions, it’s essential to understand the community of people that make up the world of real estate and learn about what motives them.

Region 7 Radon Leaders Recognized at 3rd Annual Stakeholder Meeting

The 3rd Annual US EPA Region 7 Radon Stakeholders' Meeting was held on March 4, 2009 in Overland Park, KS. Each year the meeting provides an opportunity for US EPA Region 7 and its partners; the Iowa Department of Public Health, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and AARST to bring together interested stakeholders to discuss common issues, provide insight into the future, understand issues from other perspectives, share, educate, and network.

The materials from this meeting are available in the Resource Bank.

Region 6 Radon Stakeholder Meeting: In Action Together

Last week I attended training on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When we got to Habit 6: Synergize, it made me think about the recent EPA Region VI Radon Stakeholders Meeting, held March 16-17, 2009 in Oklahoma City, OK. The principle of synergy is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As a result of synergy, you will achieve innovation and invention; new and better solutions; transformed relationships and an appreciation of diverse perspectives. This is exactly how I would describe the meeting we held in Region VI.

EPA Radon Laboratory

Many of you have probably seen our presentations and posters at the CRCPD and radon symposiums detailing the services we provide to industry, states, EPA regional offices, tribes, universities and various other nonprofit organizations. In a nutshell, we provide two kinds of services: 1) radon measurement analytical services using charcoal canisters provided to qualified environmental justice and tribal communities and 2) quality assurance exposures and calibration checks using our environmental radon chamber and radium bubblers.

Seeking Images of Radon Detectors

Dr. Bill Field is seeking pictures of detectors (ATDs, CCs, EICs, CRM, LSC, etc.) for use in a chapter on radon measurement. It would be helpful if the company name was not prominently displayed. These would have to be copyright free pictures that could be used for publication.

Please email before sending large files.
bill-field@UIOWA.EDU
http://myprofile.cos.com/Fieldrw