National Radon Dialogue
OverviewThe National Radon Dialogue is a voluntary, on-going forum for conversation and collaboration among the primary stakeholder group working on Radon in the United States. The goals of the National Radon Dialogue are to expand our capacity as a thoughtful group of cooperating and mutually dependent participants to increase public awareness, testing and mitigation of existing homes, and radon-resistant construction of new homes so that we will achieve or exceed our national goals. To that end, the Dialogue has been designed to:
- Increase mutual understanding among groups and members of the radon community regarding their respective roles and responsibilities, capacities and limitations, and interests and concerns.
- Increase collaboration, participation and engaged decision-making among all interested groups on a range of issues affecting the radon community, and to develop new decisions and agreements on these issues that will increase and improve national radon awareness, testing, and mitigation.
- Improve relationships, trust, and protocols of communication within and between groups and sectors working on radon.
HistoryThe National Radon Dialogue was initially suggested by EPA at the 2006 National Radon Conference and International Radon Symposium, as a response to tension and misunderstandings among the primary radon stakeholders. EPA then hired a neutral facilitation firm, the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), to undertake an assessment of the challenges and opportunities that existed within the radon community. CBI presented the results of this assessment at a meeting in Washington DC in January 2007 to a broad group of stakeholders, including members of USEPA, State Radon Contacts and E-25, NRSB, NEHA-NRPP, CRCPD, AARST, and the AARST Standards Consortium. Most of the assembled groups expressed a willingness to convene to create a National Radon Dialogue.
- National Radon Dialogue Group Protocols
- Kickoff Meeting Summary (January 2007)
- Review of Progress to Date (through April 2008)
Get Involved in the Dialogue!The National Radon Dialogue is working on a range of important issues that require input and collaboration among the multiple entities of the radon community. Your perspectives, ideas, and input are key to developing creative and practical initiatives for responding to these challenges. Please get involved! See the attachments below for past agendas and meeting summaries.
StandardsASTM, the Standards Consortium, and other accredited ANSI standard-setting bodies have been working to update and develop new standards in areas where such standards are outdated or missing. You can help in this effort. Below are links to more information and current opportunities for involvement.
- Learn about standards work in progress, offer public comment, or volunteer to participate as a stakeholder delegate for committee decisions on a radon standards document through the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards. Please visit http://www.aarst.org/consortium_radon_standard.shtml for more details.
- ASTM is a voluntary standards development organization which requires membership to participate. Radon Standards have been developed under Technical Committee E06, on Performance of Buildings, subcommittee E06.41, on air leakage and ventilation performance. ASTM membership can be obtained by going to ASTM.org, by joining either E06, for voting rights on everything under that committee, or joining E06.41, providing voting rights only on that subcommittee’s work.
Quality AssuranceExisting proficiency programs offer curriculum and tests to radon professionals. Proficiency on the tests allows professionals to be listed as proficient and ensure that the bodies recommending them are recommending competent practitioners. However, this group has discussed the need to:
- Increase the number of listed professionals who are highly trained.
- Ensure that all listed professionals are continuously maintaining and increasing their skills and abilities.
- Raise the bar of skill and proficiency for all.
- Get involved in the Q/A working group! Contact Josh Kerber
Dialogue RepresentativesRepresentatives of all key Radon stakeholder groups have been invited to join in the discussions of the Radon Dialogue Group. Participation is voluntary. The following groups have opted to participate in this collaborative dialogue, and each selected the following representatives, based on the criteria set out in the group protocols. Please feel free to contact your representatives to share your views to the dialogue group.
US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
- Bill Long, Director, Center for Radon and Air Toxics, US EPA
- Phil Jalbert, US EPA
- Larainne Koehler, US EPA Region 2 State Radon Programs; representative of EPA Regions
- Dale Dorschner, State Radon Contact, MN; member, E-25 (new member)
- Clark Eldredge, State Radon Contact, FL, member, E-25
- Adrian Howe, State Radon Contact, NV; Former Chair, E-25, Former Dialogue Participant
- Chrystine Kelley, State Radon Contact, CO
- Josh Kerber, State Radon Staff, OH
- Jim McNees, State Radon Contact, AL; member, E-25 and CRCPD Board of Directors
- Sara Morgan, State Radon Staff, NE, member, E-25
- Francesca Provenzano, State Radon Contact, CT
- Mike Pyles, State Radon Contact, PA, former member, E-25
- Bob Stilwell, State Radon Contact, ME; member, E-25, chair, SR-R Committee
- Bruce Snead, Chair of Policy Advisory Board, NEHA-NRPP (seat formerly held by Dick Manning)
- Angel Price, Executive Director, NEHA-NRPP
- Heidi Shaw, Credentialing Coordinator, NEHA
- Curt Hopkins, Radon Program Manager, CRCPD
- Bill Angell, Professor & Director, University of Minnesota – Midwest Universities Radon Consortium; President, AARST
- Peter Hendrick, Executive Director, AARST
- Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., CHP, Bowser Morner Laboratories
- David Hill, AARST - Alternate
- Gary Hodgden, Executive Stakeholder Committee Chairman, AARST Standards Consortium
Past Meeting Notes
- May 18, 2012: Meeting Summary
- September 26, 2011: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- May 25, 2011: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- March 26, 2010: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- March 12, 2009: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- September 13, 2008: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- April 4, 2008: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- February 14, 2008 (Webinar): Agenda, Webinar Summary
- September 13, 2007: Agenda, Meeting Summary
- June 4-5, 2007: Meeting Description, Meeting Summary, Consensus Building Workshop Slides: Communications, Mediation, Creating Value