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Radon State Data Exchange: Beginning a Dialogue

Two meetings were held, on December 17th, 2010 and February 9th, 2011, with interested stakeholders to discuss purpose, concerns and determine basic requirements and future goals for the database.

The following is a summary of benefits of establishing a shared radon database identified by
stakeholders:

  • Improving data collection and increasing efficiency.
  • Using data to do a better job of reducing radon risk.
  • Developing a database that is compatible with existing databases and tools for comparability
    across regions and states, to focus on areas needing attention.
  • Making reporting easier for regulated industry operating in multiple states.
  • Improving the accuracy of the data being used in local decisions about testing and RRNC
    requirements – new codes reference the US EPA map, but isn’t as accurate as it needs to be.
  • Incorporating advances in technology to make data more manageable, accessible and useful, for
    better analysis, including capacity to compare tests year by year to see if they are going up, see
    if radon levels are increasing, and others.
  • More accurate and accessible source for information for legislative purposes and environmental
    reviews.
  • Ability to link to existing initiatives to provide guidance from a national level to save states time
    in creating their own databases
  • Ability to incorporate other state tracking needs.

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