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ANNOUNCEMENT from The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards - Radon Standards Update & Request for Volunteers

The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards

standards@aarst.org Fax: 1-913-273-0134

Radon Standards Update & Request for Volunteers from The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards

FYI: Multifamily Measurement protocols will be posted for a 45 day public review beginning within a few weeks

FYI: Device Performance Protocol formal deliberations over draft content commence within a few weeks.

NEW PROJECT:

Model Code for Radon Reduction Features in One- and Two- Family Dwellings. Designation CCAH (Construction Codes for Airborne radon in Homes)
Over the last several months, the longstanding concern regarding existing codes for radon and new construction have given birth to lively discussions in various quarters. The code text that most jurisdictions review for consideration was first published in about 1992. This text remains virtually unchanged yet both scope and substance have long needed improvement. Specifically as it applies to model code text, it has been observed that there is no national consensus forum addressing this need.

Formal Action:

As a result of various discussions and proposals brought before the Executive Stakeholder Committee, deliberations have resulted in taking formal action to initiate an AARST/ANSI standard titled “Model Code for Radon Reduction Features in One- and Two- Family Dwellings.”

The scope, as the new title implies, is comprehensive to include all features employed during new construction (both active and passive) and model code text is to specify concise minimum requirements. More detailed elaboration on other considerations and guidance is normally addressed by reference (i.e. See ASTM E1465 for further guidance).

Formal Request for Volunteers:

Some members of our community have already expressed willingness to participate.
Regardless: All seats are now officially open for volunteers and nominations.

Deadline for nominations will be midnight February 15th.

All Consortium committees include a non-voting Chair and voting seats to represent the vantage points of primary stakeholders dealing with the public on a daily basis: State radon programs (both non-regulated and those with radon regulations), Federal government, Private proficiency programs, Mitigation professionals, Measurement professionals, Home inspectors and Educators.

Additional voting delegate seats specific to this project have been identified and approved as volunteers to represent the vantage point of Home Builders, Consumer Advocates, Manufacturers, Code Officials and Architects. Note: Where seats remain unfilled, nominations remain open until filled.

Workload:

We expect a vigorous schedule this year to minimally include monthly conference calls plus personal review and contributions to proposed text. The project extends until completion.

Volunteering:

You may place your name or another’s name into nomination at standards@aarst.com.

New volunteers are also requested to provide basic contact and background information at www.aarst.org/standards_form.shtml to aid communications and deliberations when there are several nominees competing for the same seat.

Sincerely,

AARST Consortium Standards Assistance
standards@aarst.org
Fax: 1-913-273-0134
In coordination with Gary Hodgden, Executive Stakeholders Committee Chair

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Nominations to date

Please note

1) In a few cases, verification of acceptance by a nominated person may still be pending. Names are often volunteered personally yet can be nominated by another.

2) Nominees can often be placed in any of a variety of seats due to their personal experience in multiple stakeholder vantage points.

3) A voter and an alternate is sought for each seat.

So, more names are welcome. We can use all the best people.

Nominations to date for Chair

Dave Kapturowski (MA)

Nominations to date for Educators

Bill Angel (Minnesota) Education,
Terry Nelson (Longmont, CO) Education, Mitigation, Measurement, Environmental Scientist, Chemist, and Biologist.
Bill Brodhead (PA) Education, Mitigation,
Jack Hughes (GA) Education,

Nominations to date for Regulated states

Mike Pyles (Pennsylvania)
Patrick Daniels (IL)

Nominations to date for Unregulated states

Josh Miller (Minnesota)

Mitigation Professionals and Measurement Professionals

Dan West - Mitigation, Measurement, Education
Tony Kiburis (NH) Mitigation
Leo Moorman (CO) Mitigation, Scientist
Steve Tucker (Oregon) Mitigation, Measurement, Education
Tom Getchman, (MO) Mitigation, Measurement, Engineering
Danny R Nantkes (IL) Mitigation, Measurement, Contracting
Julie Somis (Maryland) Measurement

Nominations to date for Home Inspection
Larry (Littleton,CO) Home Inspector, HBA committees

Nominations to date for Federal Government

Phil Jalbert (USEPA)
Lidia Purghel (Romania)

Nominations to date for Manufacturers

Dave Hill (MA)

Nominations to date for Consumers

Jane Malone - (Tom Nelter, alternate)

Nominations to date for Home Builders

Richmond Homes

Nominations to date for Architects

Jacques Sirvain (Potomac, Maryland) Architect, Home inspector, Other Environmental

Nominations to date for Code Inspectors

None yet

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Nominations are open until midnight, Feb 15th, 2010.

Nominations to date

Note: Verification of specific interest, category and acceptance by a nominated person may need to be reviewed and verified. Names have been sorted by information provided and many persons have experience in several stakeholder vantage points.

Nominations to date for Chair
Dave Kapturowski (MA)

Note: To date, no other volunteers have specifically expressed interest in chairing this committee. If you intended to volunteer or nominate a person for chair, please notify standards@aarst.org directly.

Educators
Bill Angel (Minnesota)
Terry Nelson (CO)
Bill Brodhead (PA)
Jack Hughes (GA)

Regulated states
Mike Pyles (Pennsylvania)
Patrick Daniels (IL)

Unregulated states
Josh Miller (Minnesota)

Mitigation and Measurement Professionals
Dan West - (OH)
Tony Kiburis (NH)
Leo Moorman (CO)
Steve Tucker (Oregon)
Tom Getchman, (MO)
Danny R Nantkes (IL)
Julie Somis (Maryland)
Fred J. Ellrott (CA)
Tony Davenport (FL)
Jim Medley (MO)
Hisham Ismiel Hashem (Saudi)
Ralph Quin (NC)
Louie Delaware (CO)
Myron Edelkind (GA)

Home Inspection
Larry (CO)
Kurt Salomon (UT)
Joseph J. Mahr (NY)
Geno Swick (TN)
Ralph Quin (SC)

Federal Government
Phil Jalbert (USEPA)
Lidia Purghel (Romania)

Nominations to date for Manufacturers
Dave Hill (MA)

Consumers
Jane Malone - (Tom Nelter, alternate)

Category to confirm: Public Health (NGO)
Bill Field
Kevin M. Stewart

Home Builders
Richmond Homes
Dave Park (NC)
Dennis A. Vaughn (TN)

Architects
Jacques Sirvain (Maryland)
Timothy F Pittman (NC)

Code Inspectors
None yet

Volunteering

: You may place your name or anothers name into nomination at standards@aarst.org.

New volunteers are also requested to provide basic contact and background information at http://www.aarst.org/standards_form.shtml to aid communications and deliberations when there are several nominees competing for the same seat.

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The AARST standards management committee will be going through the names submitted and there are many. Once a slate of stakeholder delegates is decided, it will be broadcast to insure people have the opportunity to comment.

Two delegates are chosen for each stakeholder group (one voter and one alternate voter). From there, the committee will begin work post haste.