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Report on the New York State Radon Stakeholders Meeting

The annual NYS Radon Stakeholders meeting was held on November 9, 2017, at the Traditions on the Glen, in Johnson City, New York. There were 70 stakeholders in attendance made up of county health department staff, home inspectors, radon testers and mitigators, and elected officials.

The keynote address was presented by Guy Garty, Ph.D., Columbia University, on the topic of “The Radiobiology of Radon.” Additional speakers presented on:
• radon resistant new construction;
• radon and weatherization;and
• continuous radon monitoring – testing and equipment calibration.

Dallas Jones, Executive Director of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) provided updates and discussed the National Radon Map Project. NYS Department of Health staff provided updates on their radon program and the Healthy Neighborhoods project. Larainne Koehler, EPA Region II, also provided updates.

Senator Fred Akshar of the 52nd District, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, District 123, and Chair for the New York State Clear Air Committee, joined the meeting during a working lunch to provide an update on the status of proposed legislation to require certification of radon measurement and mitigation providers in New York State.

For more information on the meeting, contact:
Cynthia A. Costello, MS, MPH, CHP
Telephone (518) 402-7556