The 25th International Radon Symposium, sponsored by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), will introduce pre-conference courses and an expanded practicum section at its Springfield, Illinois conference, September 22-25, 2013. The section will concentrate on the emerging risk reduction sectors of multifamily radon testing and mitigation, and radon new construction standards.
Radon,which is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can be deemed the seventh leading cause (after leukemia when separated from lung cancer) of all cancers, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States.
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), has released four American National Standards for radon measurement and mitigation that will greatly enhance radon risk reduction in the United States. These new standards will be available for shipping on February 1, 2014 at www.aarst.org/bookstore.shtml
The new ANSI-approved standards were developed by the AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards, and include advances in consensus standards for mitigating radon in multi-family housing, and in large buildings and schools, as well as standards for measuring radon in single family homes and in large buildings and schools.
Gary Hodgden, Chair of the AARST National Radon Standards Consortium Executive Stakeholders Committee, announced that the four standards approved through the ANSI accredited process include:
Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings (RMS-MF 2014)
New Professional Listings
Through Enhanced NRPP Certifications
Beginning September 28, 2014, AARST-NRPP will offer three (3) Enhanced Certifications to the base certifications for NRPP Measurement and Mitigation Professionals.
This is in recognition of specialty areas of advanced practice (and specialty standards) that include new opportunities for committed radon professionals who are seeking to excel.
Application for the following enhanced certifications will be available as of September 28, 2014:
1. An Enhanced AARST-NRPP Certification for Multifamily Measurement application will be available to anyone with a current NRPP based certification of either a NRPP Standard or NRPP Analytical Service Provider.
2. An Enhanced AARST- NRPP Certification for Multifamily Mitigation application will be available for any currently certified NRPP professional with a base RMT certification.
James Burkhardt, Ph.D., Chair of the AARST Abstract Review Committee for the International Radon Symposium has announced that nineteen (19) abstracts have been reviewed by a peer review committee and have been accepted for presentation at the AARST annual conference (Sept 22-25, 2013), with research being presented from both national and international scientists. The presenters have also been invited to submit papers for the Proceedings of the International Radon Symposium.
The abstracts cover wide ranging research categories including radon risk communications and policy, risk mapping, fracking, geology and, as well as measurement, calibration and mitigation studies.
All presentations and publication of subsequent papers are contingent upon the researchers acceptance and completion of the full requirements of the International Radon Symposium’s Proceedings editorial committee.
Public Review of AARST’s Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings Open Until March 18, 2013
The AARST Consortium on National Radon Standards notes that public review for a new American National Standard, BSR/AARST RMS-MF-201x, Radon Mitigation Standards for Multifamily Buildings, is open and the organization is seeking comments by March 18, 2013 on this new standard, which can be ordered for review purposes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to meet a pressing need for mitigating multifamily buildings, the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists recently released a provisional standard that is identical to the document currently being noticed.
Gary Hodgden, Chair of the Consortium’s Executive Stakeholders Committee, said the proposed radon standard is undergoing an consensus development process following AARST's accredited procedures and is working towards publication within two years as an American National Standard (ANS.)
American Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists Announces New ANSI National Standard That Will Reduce Radioactive Gas in New Homes
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) announced that a new standard, ANSI/AARST CCAH-2013, “Reducing Radon in New Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses” was approved on January 11, 2013 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The new standard, referred to as RRNC 2.0, was promulgated by the AARST consensus standards writing consortium and provides code specific language for dealing with radon in new construction. The new RRNC 2.0 standard provides a tool to make sure that new homes do not create radon risk for occupants or long term liabilities for developers, bankers and builders.
David Kapturowski, Vice President of AARST, and Chair of the AARST standards committee that created the new document, said that this will be an important contribution to radon risk reduction in the United States.
The AARST 2013International Radon Symposium welcomes the participation of members of the scientific and medical community, radon testers, diagnosticians, mitigators, educators, public policy leaders and business leaders as well as consumers, both nationally and internationally.
Abstracts: Your abstract should convey in 150 words or less the essence of the intended presentation, clearly indicating the contribution it will make. Abstracts will be screened by the AARST Editorial Board. Authors who are not experienced in writing abstracts should look at examples of abstracts from previous symposia. These can be found on the AARST.org website.
Original research, including policy and business-related papers, are especially encouraged in the following areas with an emphasis on practical application:
• New Models for radon risk reduction policy and programs
o Private Risk Management Initiatives
o Innovations from Local, State, Provincial and Native Peoples
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) announced today that it has confirmed the State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) program will be fully funded under the Continuing Appropriations Budget Resolution. Widely regarded as one of the most effective risk reduction programs operated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SIRG is utilized by state and tribal programs to provide education and outreach efforts related to radioactive radon gas.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that derives from the decay of uranium. Colorless, odorless and tasteless, the gas can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. According to the US Surgeon General and EPA, more than 21,000 annual deaths are caused by exposure to radioactive radon gas, making it the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Nationwide, EPA estimates 1 in 7 homes contain elevated levels of radon gas.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) are announcing that as of October 1, 2012, the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP), a national professional certification program that has been jointly administered by both organizations in partnership since 2005, will be solely operated and administered by AARST. AARST will assume all legal responsibilities of the NRPP on that date.
The National Radon Proficiency Program was deemed by the EPA to be equivalent to the agency’s former Radon Proficiency Program when the agency privatized certification in 1998.
Online Registration Is Now Available for the 2011 International Radon Symposium, Save these Dates: October 16-19, 2011 for the Hilton Orlando Resort - Beuna Vista, Florida -- Network with Professional Radon Colleagues; Fulfill Your C.E. Requirements at the Hilton Orlando In Buena Vista (Orlando) Florida. Register now for what promises to be a fun and empowering event right across the Street from Disney World Downtown Orlando!
Hotel Accommodations: Make this a Destination Vacation Too!
This year, you can come early to the Hotel and Stay late for the same Symposium discounted rate but please register for your hotel EARLY.
Important Dates to Note:
September 15, 2011 - Deadline for Early Bird Symposium Registration Discount