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Hear new voices of radon-induced lung cancer survival woven throughout the Symposium. Be inspired by how three Keynote Speakers diagnosis and recovery shifted personal passions to an action planBe a part of their plan and take away new tools to increase radon testing and mitigation in your service area.  You will discover new directions for radon policy, emerging technical advances in measurement and mitigation, and cutting-edge radon science and research.  Visit  the  Trade Show featuring radon and business-related companies offering useful and interesting products and services.

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Saturday, September 29
 

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. Training: Policy Advocacy Course
Policy Advocacy Course: Course Description: AARST is hosting a one-day training for radon professionals and advocates who have the leadership, ability and inclination to advance radon risk reduction policies in their states. During this training, participants will learn through lecture presentations and interactive sessions about advocacy practices as well as key state-level risk reduction policies, with special emphasis on how good ideas become laws, working with legislators and legislative staff, and engaging with allies, opponents and other stakeholders. The intent of this course is to train advocacy leaders to create radon policy change on the state level (or county/local level as appropriate) and equip them with strong skills and insights.  
Due to the importance and urgency of investing in a cadre of trained policy advocates, AARST is making the course available for free. Participants who complete the course will qualify for 8 hours of NRPP Continuing Education (CE) credit.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick

AARST Executive VP, AARST-NRPP
After 16 years of service, Peter Hendrick retired as the AARST Executive Director in January 2017.  Peter began his professional career in the early 1970’s as a VISTA volunteer working with the elderly poor in the United States and started his environmental career working in the... Read More →
avatar for Jane Malone

Jane Malone

National Policy Director, AARST
Jane Malone joined the AARST staff in 2015 to help advance federal, state and local policies that will reduce radon risk. She has been involved with healthy homes policy advocacy for two decades, advising Congress, federal agencies, advocates and jurisdictions. Previously she led... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Pembroke

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. Training: Radon 101: Radon Measurement Course and Exam
Radon 101: Radon Measurement Course: Course Description ID HHEC 1:  This classroom course is a foundational course for those wanting to obtain radon measurement licensure or certification. The course covers all competencies in preparation for exam field work including: Physics, Health Risk, Occurrence & Behavior, Measurement & Devices, QA/QC, Mitigation Overview and Worker Health & Safety.

Speakers
avatar for Lin Marie Carey

Lin Marie Carey

Lin is a subject matter expert in radon, home inspection, indoor air quality, building performance. She has integrated this knowledge with her expertise in organizational leadership and corporate training to develop world class credentialing and continuing education programs for organizations... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:00am - Sunday September 30, 2018 5:00pm EDT
Winchester
 
Sunday, September 30
 

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. Training: QA or Bust
Understand that a consistent string of passing QA checks does not mean that the QA was wasted, instead, it means that now the provider has evidence of  stable and accurate operations.  
Do QA - don't go bust! 

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Ronca-Battista

Melinda Ronca-Battista

Health Physicist, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, NAU
Melinda Ronca-Battista works for the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center, providing software tools and online and workshop trainings for Tribal environmental monitoring programs across the US.  She has worked for about 30 years in the environmental monitoring and radiation protection... Read More →


Sunday September 30, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Oxford

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. training: RRNC 2.0
RRNC 2.0: Course Description ID NRPP 500: In depth review of RRNC 2.0 with comparison to ASTM 1465 and Appendix F. Course will teach the attendee the basic principles of history of radon and radon mitigation. The main focus will be on understanding Appendix F, how it applies to the local construction methods and how to inspect a system installed to that standard.

Speakers
MK

Matt Koch

Matt has worked in the mitigation industry since 2008 performing mitigations in the Southeast in single family, multifamily and commercial buildings.  He a founding member of the SE AARST Chapter. Matt is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and serves on national... Read More →


Sunday September 30, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Pembroke

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. Training: Advanced Certificate Multifamily Mitigation Course
Advanced Certificate Multifamily Mitigation Course: Course Description ID MURC-601: This course takes the student into the AARST/ANSI standard for measurement in multifamily buildings with an emphasis on the framework and reasons for changes from previous protocol.  This course will prepare you to apply for the NRPP Advanced Certificate Program.

Speakers
avatar for William Angell

William Angell

Advanced Certificate Multifamily Mitigation Course: Course Description ID MURC-601When you attend this exciting and fast paced adventure, you will learn the requirements and recommendations of national standards. Based on this foundation, we will also discuss the opportunities and... Read More →


Sunday September 30, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
TBA

8:00am EDT

AARST-hosted C.E. Training: Radon In Water
Radon in Water: Course Description ID SPRUCE 200: This course traces radon in water from source to exposure and presents the submerged stream sampling method and aeration mitigation. It describes the measurement process including calculating the amount of water to purge and offers some cautions to ensure representative testing. The course touches on the pre-treatments that radon in water mitigators must address prior to installation of a system, applicable radon mitigation standards and presents good water as the ultimate goal of any treatment system. Audience: Measurement Professionals, Inspectors, Mitigators, State Employees

Speakers
avatar for Matt Hendrick

Matt Hendrick

Trainer, Spruce Environmental Technologies
Matt Hendrick is an educator and builder with radon testing and mitigation certification and experience who has spent 14 years teaching and developing courses and 15+ years in residential and commercial construction. Senior Training Specialist/Consultant for Spruce Environmental Technologies... Read More →
avatar for Rick Saulen

Rick Saulen

Rick Saulen has been with Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc. for 25 years, initially installing radon mitigation systems and field testing RadonAway fans, AIRaider systems and other products and components for more than 18 years. A licensed and certified mitigator, plumber and... Read More →


Sunday September 30, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
TBA

6:00pm EDT

Social: Opening Reception
Always exciting and busy, the Opening Reception of the AARST International Radon Symposium and Trade Show begins at 6 PM and ends at 8 PM. Cash Bar and a great selection of Southern home-style cuisine to get you in the mood for Myrtle Beach.

Network & Connect 
50 Booths
Many New Vendors
Have FUN!

Sunday September 30, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Kensington
 
Monday, October 1
 

7:45am EDT

Monday Morning Housekeeping
Instruct audience in how to use:
  • Sched.org
  • Open Book Quiz Online Program
  • Mentimeter

Monday October 1, 2018 7:45am - 8:00am EDT
Windsor

8:00am EDT

Strategy: Welcome from AARST Leadership
Welcome to the 32nd annual International Radon Symposium and Trade Show!

Monday October 1, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am EDT
Windsor

8:20am EDT

Strategy: Welcome Keynote "New Voice #1"
"New Voices #1"
New voices of lung cancer survival. 

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Drazan-Malmberg

Rachael Drazan-Malmberg

Rachael is a leading advocate for Radon education, testing and remediation. In April of 2017 Rachael was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer with metastases in the brain and mediastinum lymph nodes. Rachael has always lived a healthy life style never smoking, so being diagnosed with... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 8:20am - 9:00am EDT
Windsor

9:00am EDT

Strategy: Indoor Radon Abatement Act – 30th Anniversary Recap
President Ronald Reagan signed IRAA into law on October 28, 1988 following a bipartisan effort in Congress to address radon. Results: a small but mighty voluntary federal radon program infrastructure evolved, SIRG grants enabled states to act, radon professionals were deemed proficient to deliver services.  Elder AARST members and other stakeholders have seen it all – but let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the policies and accomplishments.

Monday October 1, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Windsor

9:20am EDT

Strategy: Changes in NRPP Device and Surveillance Requirements
Speakers
avatar for Dallas Jones

Dallas Jones

AARST-NRPP
AARST-NRPP Executive Director
avatar for Jill Newton

Jill Newton

Spruce Environmental Technologies
Jill Newton is the Radiological Engineer for Spruce Environmental Technologies. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she worked for a nuclear engineering consulting company where she... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 9:20am - 10:00am EDT
Windsor

10:00am EDT

Break: POSTERS Assessment The Contribution Rate Of Radon From Building Materials To Indoor Environments
ASSESSMENT THE CONTRIBUTION RATE OF RADON FROM BUILDING MATERIALS TO INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS
 Cheol Min Lee, Tae Hyun Park, Si Hyun Park, Dan Ki Yoon, Hyung Jin Hong
 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seokyeong University,
Seoul 02713, South Korea
Young Sub Lee, Young C. Won, Yong Hee Lee
C&H Inc., Seoul 06252, South Korea
cheolmin@skuniv.ac.kr 
Abstract 
Radon, which is one of the major pollutants in indoor environments, is a radioactive gas naturally formed during the decay of radium, which is found in places such as soil, building materials, and groundwater. In this study, we conduct to evaluate the contribution rate of radon concentration by radon exhalation from building materials in real-life environments.
   To control the effect of radon exhalation from the soil, measurements were conducted upper sixth floors. In order to evaluating radon concentration, in-situ method was used to measure radon exhaled from building material and indoor radon concentration was also measured with E-perm in same time.
Based on the results obtained in this study, it is expected that it will be used as basic data for setting the standard of radon exhalation from building materials in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Cheol Min Lee

Cheol Min Lee

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seokyeong University
Cheol Min Lee holds a Master of Engineering and Doctor of Health both from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. He is a researcher on indoor environments, radon and risk assessment with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seokyeong University, Seoul, South Korea... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: POSTERS Recent Radon Issues of Bed Mattresses in South Korea
Speakers
avatar for Prof. Seung Yeon Cho

Prof. Seung Yeon Cho

Yonsei University
Prof. Seung Yeon Cho has been researching indoor air quality including radon at Yonsei Univ., Korea after his Ph.D. at Purdue University. For the past two decades he has assisted the government with projects related to radon. Prof. Cho co-developed RadonEye with FTLab. He was Head... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: TRADE SHOW
Visit 50+ radon- and business-related companies offering useful and interesting products and services.

Preview the show floor and vendor directory


Monday October 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Kensington

10:45am EDT

Strategy: Update from the US EPA
Speakers
avatar for Mandy  Gunasekara

Mandy Gunasekara

EPA
MANDY GUNASEKARA is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, EPA. Previously she served as Majority Counsel for the Senate Environment-Public Works Committee under Chairmen Inhofe and Barrasso, leading environment-related committee actions... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 10:45am - 11:10am EDT
Windsor

10:55am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - RadonAway
New Products & Tips from RadonAway  This year, RadonAway is once again introducing exciting new products and offering tech tips from the experts. Come to our Learning Lab to learn more.

Monday October 1, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am EDT
Hampton

11:15am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - RadonEasy
Monday October 1, 2018 11:15am - 11:35am EDT
Hampton

11:15am EDT

Strategy: Policy Meetings: Short Takes
The art of drama imitates real life which is drama only we ourselves can write. Three quick skits will demonstrate how - or how not to - best influence decision-makers to change policies in favor of radon risk reduction. Attend to appreciate the art of persuasion in the public policy arena, where decisions can advance your business.

Moderators
avatar for Jane Malone

Jane Malone

National Policy Director, AARST
Jane Malone joined the AARST staff in 2015 to help advance federal, state and local policies that will reduce radon risk. She has been involved with healthy homes policy advocacy for two decades, advising Congress, federal agencies, advocates and jurisdictions. Previously she led... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nate Burden

Nate Burden

Consultant/Instructor
avatar for Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick

AARST Executive VP, AARST-NRPP
After 16 years of service, Peter Hendrick retired as the AARST Executive Director in January 2017.  Peter began his professional career in the early 1970’s as a VISTA volunteer working with the elderly poor in the United States and started his environmental career working in the... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Hoylman

Kyle Hoylman

Protect Environmental
avatar for Josh Kerber

Josh Kerber

Environmental Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health
Joshua Kerber is an Environmental Research Scientist for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has worked in the indoor air quality and radon field since 2002 and the home construction industry prior to that time. He has a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science and has worked and... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Lytle

Crystal Lytle

Project Manager and Business Development, Reliant Radon Solutions
Crystal Lytle is the Project Manager and Business Developer at Reliant Radon Solutions, LLC.  She is partnered with Terry Kerwin and takes pride in running a women owned small business.  She serves on the AARST board and is a strong advocate forradon awareness. She is passionate... Read More →
avatar for John Mallon

John Mallon

Radon Detection & Control
Owner of Radon Detection and Control LLC. RDC has installed over 33,000 Mitigation Systems. Prior to Radon, John worked Nuclear Power, Field Engineering. John served on NEHA Board. John served on the National AARST Board for 16 years (twice Vice President). He Chaired AARST-ANSI Standard... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Windsor

11:35am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Sun Nuclear Corp.
Sun Nuclear Corp. will present its newest additions to its hardware and software product suite, which will help streamline Radon Inspection Businesses and provide value added services through innovation. 

Monday October 1, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am EDT
Hampton

12:00pm EDT

Luncheon Keynote "New Voices #2"
New voices in lung cancer survival - Kimberly Buchemeir
HUD Multifamily Study Update - Calvin Murphy
PAC Presentation  - Carolyn Koke
Additional awards and presentations

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Buchmeier

Kimberly Buchmeier

Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction
In 2011, at age 37, I was diagnosed with non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer. I was a young, healthy individual, and non-smoker with no family history of lung cancer.  It took several months of doctoring and an accidental finding on an MRI of my back to find the tumor in my... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Koke

Carolyn Koke

Account Manager, Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.
Carolyn D. Koke is Account Manager for Spruce Environmental Technologies, a manufacturer and distributor of radon testing and mitigation products and services.  Actively involved in the radon industry since 1991, Ms. Koke was President of the American Association of Radon Scientists... Read More →
avatar for Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy

President, AARST PAC
President of Allied Radon Services, Inc. President of AARST Foundation. Assistant Treasurer of AARST Radon PAC. Member of National Radon Action Plan work group.Calvin Murphy is a member of the HUD financed team that is investigating an effective sampling strategy for radon testing... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Kensington

1:30pm EDT

Strategy: Homebuyer Notification/Awareness Policy

State policies to alert homebuyers to radon risk are associated with increased testing for radon which results in increases in radon mitigation.  This session offers the AARST chapter’s policy advocacy effort in Ohio, delivers the latest information on results in Illinois and Minnesota, and considers how your chapter and you can advance the policy in your state.

Moderators
avatar for Dallas Jones

Dallas Jones

AARST-NRPP
AARST-NRPP Executive Director

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Daniels

Patrick Daniels

IEAM Radon Program
Patrick Daniels serves as the Illinois Radon Program Manager. Patrick started his career as a reactor plant operator in the US Navy Submarine Service and performed safety inspections of radioactively contaminated sites in Illinois. Patrick received in 2011 the CRCPD National Radon... Read More →
avatar for Shad Evans

Shad Evans

Radon Be Gone
avatar for Jessica Karns

Jessica Karns

Sales Manager, A-Z Solutions
Jessica joined A-Z Solutions in 2010 as the Sales Manager, bringing with her over 17 years of experience in her field. Since 2014, she has been a board member of the OARP and the National Testing Standard Review Committee where she continues to strengthen the industry standards... Read More →
avatar for Josh Kerber

Josh Kerber

Environmental Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health
Joshua Kerber is an Environmental Research Scientist for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has worked in the indoor air quality and radon field since 2002 and the home construction industry prior to that time. He has a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science and has worked and... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Windsor

1:30pm EDT

Business Management: Path to Profitability
Path to Profitability is a unique panel discussion on many topics businesses face from work flow management to market growth. Topics are presented by the topic leads, all successful experts in their business and region, each represent many business structures from small companies (Sole Proprietor) to large firms with dozens of employees in the field. All panelists speak to business hurdles for testers to mitigators equally.  Discussion is opened to all panelists and attendees.

Do not miss this session, where else will you get business coaching at this level?
  • Increase Profit Margins: Compete without being the lowest price: Leads - Curtis Drew & Ryan Richie
  • Recruiting and Keeping Technicians: Leads - Tamara Linde, Tony McDonald
  • Insurance and Liability:  Leads -Tony McDonald, Patricia MIlls
  • Business Systems:  Leads - Tracking, logging = Time-Savers: Wally Dorsey, David Daniels,
  • What does success look like? - Leads   -  Bill Brodhead, Terry Kerwin, Crystal Lytle  & ALL Panelists




Speakers
avatar for William Brodhead

William Brodhead

President of WPB Enterprises, Inc.
Bill Brodhead has been installing radon and vapor intrusion systems in residential, commercialand school buildings since 1984 and the radon mitigation instructor at Rutgers University for 25 years.Bill has authored 17 research papers at AARST conferences. His papers are available... Read More →
avatar for David Daniels

David Daniels

Radon Specialists of WI
Married with five children. Air Force Veteran. Started business in 2000. With offices in Neenah and Menomonee Falls WI.  Installed over 21,000 systems and 18,000 tests. Board member for 4 members. VP for one year and acting President for the last year. Currently install for 20 different... Read More →
avatar for Wally Dorsey

Wally Dorsey

Wally Dorsey has been involved in radon since 1985 and incorporated Radon-Ease in 1987. He comes to radon via the world of nuclear submarines in the 1970s, then home building during the 80s. He is involved in Legislative efforts in Virginia to; license radon professionals, enact a... Read More →
avatar for Terry Kerwin

Terry Kerwin

Owner/Manager
Terry Kerwin is the owner of Reliant Radon Solutions, LLC which serves the Colorado Front Range.  With a background in finance and management, and 20 years of helping run and grow a successful family plumbing business, she takes pride in running a women owned small business. She... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Linde

Tamara Linde

Cascade Radon
Tamara Linde has been working in the radon industry for 6 years, currently as the Operations Manager for Cascade Radon. She initially began her journey into radon testing and mitigation as part of an Environmental Geology project for her Master’s thesis. Her background in geology... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Lytle

Crystal Lytle

Project Manager and Business Development, Reliant Radon Solutions
Crystal Lytle is the Project Manager and Business Developer at Reliant Radon Solutions, LLC.  She is partnered with Terry Kerwin and takes pride in running a women owned small business.  She serves on the AARST board and is a strong advocate forradon awareness. She is passionate... Read More →
avatar for Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald

VP of Operations, A-Z Solutions, Inc.
Tony McDonald has 20 years of experience in the radon testing, designing and mitigation field. He has successfully mitigated thousands of homes and commercial buildings. Tony serves as VP of Operations and acts as Senior Project Manager for the companies’ commercial division. Tony’s... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Patricia M Mills

Patricia M Mills

Mills Environmental Insurance Services LLC
avatar for Ryan Richie

Ryan Richie

Ryan Richie has been working in the indoor air quality arena for 14 years. He has worked with and trained distributors in six different continents addressing various indoor air quality issues. In his role as Director of Sales at Spruce Environmental Technologies he is focused on bringing... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Curt Drew

Curt Drew

National Radon Defense
Curt Drew is a passionate entrepreneur, author, indoor air quality expert, franchisee, franchisor and a highly sought-after public speaker.Curt Drew run’s the largest radon services network in North America where he helps radon companies go from good to great and dominate their... Read More →
avatar for Dave Hill

Dave Hill

Executive Vice President, Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.
David Hill is Executive Vice President of Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc. His responsibilities encompass all Spruce brands and divisions, including RadonAway, AccuStar, Spruce Training, and Spruce Ventilation. He is a Past President of AARST, President of the New England Chapter... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Somerset

2:00pm EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction (CR3)
Consistency, involvement...People believe what they see.  Let them see.  Join our crusade and become an influencer for your vision.


Monday October 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
Hampton

2:35pm EDT

Strategy: Opt-In: Update on the CDC-Public Sector Radon Map Project
Last year, Eric Brown of CDPHE presented a new radon map containing 10 years of data from 5 national radon testing labs. This year, Eric is back with Michele Monti of CDC to announce the launch of a public-private partnership between CDC and private-sector radon testers. With Opt-In you can contribute.  Be there to learn how.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brown

Eric Brown

CDPHE Environmental Data Coordinator, Environmental Information Management Unit
Eric Brown is a Physical Science Researcher and Data Analyst with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Mr. Brown has been with the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and Environmental Information Management Unit for five years. Mr. Brown has... Read More →
avatar for Michele Monti

Michele Monti

CDC Environmental Health Tracking Branch
Michele Monti is an epidemiologist for the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Health Tracking Section with responsibilities for national surveillance of environmental contaminants associated with chronic diseases, especially drinking water contaminants, pesticides... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 2:35pm - 3:00pm EDT
Windsor

2:40pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Break: POSTERS Two Solitudes – An Informal Comparison of American and Canadian Protocols Regarding Radon Measurements for Real Estate Transactions
Posters are set in Hampton from Monday AM through the close on Wednesday. Presenters are scheduled to be present to discuss their Poster at the scheduled time.

TWO SOLITUDES – AN INFORMAL COMPARISON
OF AMERICAN & CANADIAN PROTOCOLS REGARDING
RADON MEASUREMENTS FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
Michael LaFontaine, P. Phys., RSO
C-NRPP: Lead Auditor – Quality Assurance & Technical Evaluations
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
physics@execulink.com or devicelisting@c-nrpp.ca
                                                                                                                   Abstract
This paper will discuss current and proposed American (AARST) and Canadian (CARST) protocols regarding radon measurements for real estate transactions.  Expectations and understanding of the real estate industry in both countries will also be presented; as will general practice within the “home inspection” profession; along with mitigation and escrow implications.
 A method will be proposed to improve the reliability of real estate transaction radon measurements. A key feature of the method is the deployment of three “listed” detectors (any type capable of providing short term results) in nominally the same physical location, such that they are subject to equivalent temporal, seasonal, and environmental conditions over the course of the measurement period. The three resulting radon concentration measurements are then analyzed using the Dixon Criterion, a statistical method specifically designed for maintaining precision in small data sets by providing a statistical basis for the rejection of an “outlier” or suspect result.

Speakers
avatar for Michael LaFontaine

Michael LaFontaine

Consulting Physicist, Physics Solutions
Michael lafontaine is federally licensed Professional Physicist with over 30 years experience in the radon industry, serves on AARST's MS-QA, Measurement, Technical & Scientific, and Standards Assistance Committees; is Co-chair of Health Canada’s - CGSB Working Group 1 Committee... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Hampton

3:00pm EDT

Break: POSTERS What Role do Real Estate Agents Play in the Radon Scene?
Posters are set in Hampton from Monday AM through the close on Wednesday. Presenters are scheduled to be present to discuss their Poster at the scheduled time.

WHAT ROLE DO REAL ESTATE AGENTS PLAY IN THE RADON SCENE?
Eleanor Divver, M.P.H.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality Radon Program
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
edivver@utah.gov
Abstract
How is the State of Utah creating advocacy with real estate companies?  Radon is now listed on the Buyer-Due-Diligence-Checklist and has created a positive relationship for the radon educators and the real estate agents. The purpose of this presentation is to help other states and the industry to take the steps needed to create positive relationships with real estate agents in their states.

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Divver M.P.H.

Eleanor Divver M.P.H.

Eleanor Divver has been working in the field of Radon since 1993.  She enjoys all of the many adventures and friends that radon education, measurement and mitigation has brought to her life.


Monday October 1, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Hampton

3:00pm EDT

Break: TRADE SHOW
Visit 50+ radon- and business-related companies offering useful and interesting products and services.

Preview the show floor and vendor directory


Monday October 1, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Kensington

3:45pm EDT

Strategy: Environmental Justice Practices
Low-income families, and particularly those in racial minority communities, are often least equipped to protect themselves from environmental health hazards. This session highlights three important efforts to deliver health equity in Colorado, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.


Speakers
avatar for Nate Burden

Nate Burden

Consultant/Instructor
avatar for Renee Fox

Renee Fox

Health Educator and Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Renee Fox is the Program Coordinator for the University of Kentucky – College of Nursing’s BREATHE Radon Policy Division, providing health education and direction for all radon initiatives. Her expertise includes health education, communications and marketing. Renee received her... Read More →
avatar for Chrystine Kelley

Chrystine Kelley

Environmental Protection Specialist, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Chrystine Kelley has been an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Colorado DPH & E, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division for the past 26 years. Serving as Colorado’s Radon Program Manager for 14 years, she also serves on the Executive Stakeholders Committee... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Windsor

3:45pm EDT

Rn Business Management: An Introduction to Digital Marketing Concepts
Topics include: search engine optimization overview; marketing through Facebook; turning clicks into calls; how to choose a marketing firm; etc.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Ulbert

Natalie Ulbert

Owner/Partner, Professional Discount Supplies
Brent Ulbert, owner/partner, Professional Discount Supply.  Brent joined PDS in 2017 when long-time owners Frank and Janet Mesce passed the torch of the family business to Natalie and Brent.  Before entering the radon industry, Brent had a short but illustrious career in small business... Read More →


Monday October 1, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
Somerset

4:00pm EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Airwell
Airwell is a new technology mitigation system for Radon in well water. It is the only system on the marketplace that mitigates the Radon outside the home in the well. It reduces Radon levels by 92-97%. It is a virtually maintenance free low voltage system that saves energy and space while protecting the homeowner.


Monday October 1, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Hampton

4:30pm EDT

Strategy: Radon Authorization Bill Convention
Take part in a real political convention for the Radon Authorization Bill! AARST will announce its long-term vision for ground-breaking federal radon policy, to be developed into bill language and introduced by the friends of radon risk reduction in Congress. Be there!

Monday October 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Windsor

5:00pm EDT

Ladies Cocktails
Join this social event  sponsors, Vapor Pin and Radon Supplies, for a fun end to the day. All attendees are welcome, the first 50 ladies get a free gift :-)

Monday October 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Embassy Bar
 
Tuesday, October 2
 

8:00am EDT

Science & Research: Quantifying the Value of Geologic Radon Potential Maps and Lung Cancer Outcomes
Quantifying the Value of Geologic Radon Potential Maps and Lung Cancer Outcomes
 Ellen J. Hahn , Carl Shapiro, Frank Casey, Amanda Wiggins, Bethany Overfield, Renee Fox, William M. Andrews, Jr., and Mary Kay Rayens
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE, Lexington, KY
United States Geological Survey (USGS) Science and Decisions Center, Reston, VA
Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY
Ellen.Hahn@uky.edu
Abstract
Population scientists, radon hazard prevention staff, geologists from a land-grant university, and economists from the USGS Science & Decisions Center collaborated to quantify the societal benefits derived from creating and disseminating radon risk potential maps. These maps were overlain on observed short-term home radon values statewide spanning over 20 years (N > 70,000) and outcropping geologic rock formations in Kentucky. We used available data to analyze the economic benefits of the maps on radon testing, radon mitigation, lung cancer incidence, years of potential lives lost, and healthcare cost savings adjusting for smoking rates. USGS scientists are applying value of information (VOI) techniques to estimate the economic impacts associated with lung cancer for scenarios with and without access to the radon potential maps. Results will be presented. There is an urgent need to communicate the value of geologic maps related to population health outcomes in light of increasingly complex scientific issues. 

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Hahn

Ellen Hahn

Alumni Professor, Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky
Ellen J. Hahn is an Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. She holds the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing. Dr. Hahn is Deputy Director for UK-CARES (Center for Appalachian Research... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am EDT
Somerset

8:00am EDT

Field Skills: Olympics
Fun competition in best practices: mitigation games, devices measurement games

Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am EDT
Windsor

8:25am EDT

Science & Research: Risk Estimates for Airborne and Waterborne Radon
RISK ESTIMATES FOR AIRBORNE AND WATERBORNE RADON
Douglas Mose, Professor of Chemistry(ret)
George Mason University, Fairfax VA 22030  U.S.A.
dje42@aol.com
Abstract
A 3-year radon and health study was conducted using approximately 2000 occupied homes in VA, MD and DC over approximately 1000 square miles. Seasonal alpha-detectors and weekly charcoal detectors were used for indoor-radon measurements, with EPERMs used for drinking water. Home occupants provided the home location (radon vs. geology comparisons), home characteristics (radon vs. basement construction, size, HVAC system, water supply, etc.) and cancer experiences of family members (radon and time vs. cancer types). Higher indoor-radon tends to be in homes over sandy soil and acidic (granitic) soil, and in homes with larger basements, concrete block construction, heat pump HVAC systems, dry sump-pump crocks, etc.; while soft-tissue cancers (leukemia, brain, breast, liver, kidney) were more common in homes with waterborne radon above 2000 pCi/L. No correlation was found between waterborne radon and indoor radon, indoor radon and season-of-year, indoor radon and lung cancer, and drinking water radon and stomach cancer.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Mose

Douglas Mose

NA
Science Teacher (1970-2015) at George Mason University in VA, Brooklyn College in NY, University ofKansas, Germanna Community College in VA, Preston International University, Center for Basic andApplied Science in VA. Research Publications in Scientific Journals (1975-2010) on Radioactivity... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:25am - 8:45am EDT
Somerset

8:50am EDT

Field Skills: International Intercomparison of Radon Reference and Calibration Chambers
This presentation will review the progress of the ongoing international intercomparison program, involving AARST, CARST, the UK, and ERA.  The protocols, methods, and participants will be discussed, as well as what this project means for a radon concentration benchmark.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Ronca-Battista

Melinda Ronca-Battista

Health Physicist, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, NAU
Melinda Ronca-Battista works for the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center, providing software tools and online and workshop trainings for Tribal environmental monitoring programs across the US.  She has worked for about 30 years in the environmental monitoring and radiation protection... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:50am - 9:10am EDT
Windsor

8:50am EDT

Science & Research: An Innovative Approach to Raise Radon Awareness: Train the Trainer and Targeted Map Infographics
AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO RAISE RADON AWARENESS: TRAIN THE TRAINER AND TARGETED MAP INFOGRAPHICS
 Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN, Kathy Rademacher, Renee Fox, Bethany Overfield, Amanda Wiggins, and Ellen J. Hahn
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE
Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, USA
Karen.Butler@uky.edu
Abstract
Most radon induced-lung cancers occur in those also exposed to tobacco smoke. We evaluated the impact of disseminating county-level radon map infographics using a Train-the-Trainer approach and free radon test kits. User-friendly geological map infographics were created and disseminated; 42 public health professionals participated in Train the Trainer workshops. Trainers received presentation slides and free radon test kits for distribution. Map infographics were posted to our website. On average, 22 test kits were distributed per trainee for a total of 903; 12% were deployed. Perceived barriers to distribution will be presented. There was no association between position or type of training on number of test kits distributed. There were 1,388 website hits to the map infographics. There was a marginal increase in trainees’ perceived synergistic risk (radon + tobacco smoke) at post-training. This approach engaged the community, increased radon testing, and may decrease barriers to radon education and home testing.

Speakers
avatar for Karen M. Butler,  DNP, RN

Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN

Dr. Karen Butler is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in BREATHE.  She has clinical and research experience in tobacco control and reduction of radon exposure, and works with community partners to reduce the health... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:50am - 9:10am EDT
Somerset

9:00am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Stego Industries, LLC
What Makes One Vapor Barrier Different from Another?

There’s more that differentiates vapor barriers than just thickness.  This seminar will teach you what else to be looking for when selecting the right vapor barrier for your remediation project.

Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am EDT
Hampton

9:15am EDT

Strategy: RRNC: Bad Installs, Policy Gaps
Every year, around half a million new US homes are built, and less than 20% have any type of RRNC measures. In some homes with RRNC, radon levels > 4 pCi/L. In other homes RRNC is effective. Bad installs are caused by poor workmanship, policy gaps, or both? How do we fix the standard of care in codes and move up the % of homes with RRNC?

Speakers
avatar for David Kapturowski

David Kapturowski

Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.
Dave Kapturowski is Vice President  & Co-Founder of Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.  Dave has nearly 30 years’ experience in radon mitigation and testing.  He designed the majority of RadonAway fan products and oversaw manufacturing operations.  He was also responsible for ra... Read More →
avatar for Jane Malone

Jane Malone

National Policy Director, AARST
Jane Malone joined the AARST staff in 2015 to help advance federal, state and local policies that will reduce radon risk. She has been involved with healthy homes policy advocacy for two decades, advising Congress, federal agencies, advocates and jurisdictions. Previously she led... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Windsor

9:20am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Bertin Corp
Professional radon monitoring solutions for all radon measurement tasks – Learn more about our new generation of the popular and versatile AlphaGUARD, the reference in radon monitoring since 25 years

Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am EDT
Hampton

9:40am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - National Radon Defense
Filter Radon Decay Products with the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner

Tuesday October 2, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: POSTERS Does RRNC Work? – A Florida Case Study
Posters are set in Hampton from Monday AM through the close on Wednesday. Presenters are scheduled to be present to discuss their Poster at the scheduled time.

Does RRNC Work? – A Florida Case Study
                                                           
Jorge Laguna, M.S.
Florida Radon Program
Tallahassee, FL/United States of America
Jorge.Laguna@FLhealth.gov
Abstract
 The US Environmental Protection Agency and states encourage building radon resistant (ready) new homes (RRNC). The Florida Radon Program evaluated a home built following RRNC practices in Tallahassee.  The home in question was measured with the passive system in three occasions.  Once with the passive system operating normally; next, with the system capped; and finally simulating a fan on the system by using a shop-vac at the end of the radon exhaust pipe on the roof.  Data indicate the system is producing reductions on the radon levels from 25% to 99% depending on the method used.        

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Laguna, M.S.

Jorge Laguna, M.S.

Mr. Laguna is a member of the E-25 radon committee and has worked for the Florida radon program for 13 years.  Mr. Laguna has provided technical assistance to industry, assisted with the development of state radon regulations, and worked with state and federal agencies on program... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: POSTERS Pattern of Radon Concentration Variations in The Indoor Environments of Buildings in Lagos Nigeria
Posters are set in Hampton from Monday AM through the close on Wednesday. Presenters are scheduled to be present to discuss their Poster at the scheduled time.

Pattern of Radon Concentration Variations in The Indoor Environments of Buildings in Lagos Nigeria
 
                                               O.P. Abodunrin*1 and M.K. Akinloye2
1Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria
2Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
sayopeter@yahoo.co.uk
Abstract
In this study, concentrations of radon in residential buildings were investigated in order to establish the pattern of variation within the buildings in these environments. The target rooms were the bedroom, bathroom/ toilet, living room and kitchen. One hundred and thirty-seven (137) rooms were selected using multi-stage sampling protocol. Solid state nuclear track detectors, CR-39, were employed for the measurement so as to obtain average radon concentration in each room. Radon concentrations vary from 3.63 – 12.17 Bq/m3, 3.09 – 11.62 Bq/m3, 3.43 – 13.26 Bq/m3, and 4.09 – 13 Bq/m3 with mean of 6.75 ± 0.09, 6.89 ± 0.08, 6.44 ± 0.09 and 7.43± 0.09 Bq/m3 respectively in the bedrooms, bathrooms/ toilets, living rooms and kitchens. Therefore, the pattern of radon concentration variations observed in this study is of this order:  bedroom < bathroom/toilet < kitchen < living room.

Speakers
avatar for O.P. Abodunrin

O.P. Abodunrin

ABODUNRIN, Oluwasayo Peter is a staff of Bells University of Technology, Ota, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Physical Sciences where he teaches Physics courses at various levels. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Physics and Nigeria Society for Radiat... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: POSTERS Using a Radon Detector to Validate Radon-potential Maps and Assess Radon in Groundwater
Posters are set in Hampton from Monday AM through the close on Wednesday. Presenters are scheduled to be present to discuss their Poster at the scheduled time.


Using a Radon Detector to Validate Radon-Potential Maps and Assess Radon in Groundwater
Bethany Overfield1*, Amanda Wiggins2, Mary Kay Rayens2, William Andrews Jr.1, Angela Fox2, and Ellen J. Hahn2
1Kentucky Geological Survey
2University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments)
Lexington, KY, USA
boverfield@uky.edu
Abstract
 A team of geologists, nurses, statisticians, and health educators collaborated to create lay-friendly, county-level maps showing varying radon potential using the novel concept of danger to non-technically communicate risk. The maps were created in 2016 by correlating observed radon values from short-term residential test kits with rock types, and have been widely circulated in the state in an attempt to create awareness and increase residential radon testing. We are in process of validating the radon-potential maps in the field using a portable laboratory grade electronic radon detector. We are taking real-time radon measurements with a soil-gas probe to help identify specific geologic units that are prone to high radon production. Data will be used to complement the maps in areas with little data. We will present preliminary data on radon in groundwater using water attachments from the radon detector

Speakers
avatar for Renee Fox

Renee Fox

Health Educator and Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Renee Fox is the Program Coordinator for the University of Kentucky – College of Nursing’s BREATHE Radon Policy Division, providing health education and direction for all radon initiatives. Her expertise includes health education, communications and marketing. Renee received her... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Hampton

10:00am EDT

Break: TRADE SHOW
Visit 50+ radon- and business-related companies offering useful and interesting products and services.

Preview the show floor and vendor directory


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Kensington

10:45am EDT

Science & Research: Self-reported Respiratory Symptoms in Healthy Adults with High Home Radon Levels
SELF-REPORTED RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS IN HEALTHY ADULTS WITH HIGH HOME RADON LEVELS
            Karen M. Butler*, DNP, RN, Whitney Hiner, Monica Mundy, Amanda Wiggins,
Kathy Rademacher, and Ellen J. Hahn
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE
Lexington, KY, USA
                                                                                                 Karen.Butler@uky.edu              
Abstract
 The association between exposure to radon, tobacco smoke, and lung cancer is established; not as much is known about the immediate health effects of radon exposure. We examined the relationship between levels of radon and secondhand smoke (SHS) in the home and respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. The pilot study was a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample of 71 homeowners who had tested their homes for radon and SHS as part of a larger environmental risk reduction study. Of the 71 participants, 27 homes tested high for radon (> 4.0 pCi/L); 44 tested high for SHS. Logistic regression showed that radon level was the only significant variable associated with presence of respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. This study adds important information to the literature and indicates that more research is needed to understand the immediate health effects of radon exposure.

Speakers
avatar for Karen M. Butler,  DNP, RN

Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN

Dr. Karen Butler is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in BREATHE.  She has clinical and research experience in tobacco control and reduction of radon exposure, and works with community partners to reduce the health... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:05am EDT
Somerset

10:45am EDT

Field Skills: Warranties and Service Plans
Moderators
avatar for Dallas Jones

Dallas Jones

AARST-NRPP
AARST-NRPP Executive Director

Speakers
MK

Matt Koch

Matt has worked in the mitigation industry since 2008 performing mitigations in the Southeast in single family, multifamily and commercial buildings.  He a founding member of the SE AARST Chapter. Matt is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and serves on national... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Linde

Tamara Linde

Cascade Radon
Tamara Linde has been working in the radon industry for 6 years, currently as the Operations Manager for Cascade Radon. She initially began her journey into radon testing and mitigation as part of an Environmental Geology project for her Master’s thesis. Her background in geology... Read More →
avatar for George Schambach

George Schambach

Professional Home Inspection


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
Windsor

10:55am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Guardian Financial
In this learning lab we will go over the pros and cons of different types of credit card processing accounts and integration features your software may or may not have.  We will also spend some time discussing how to ensure credit card processing will make you more money than it costs you and how to take advantage of all the benefits credit card processing can bring to your business.  Finally, we will have an open Q&A where you can ask someone with 17 years of industry experience whatever you want about credit card processing.  Hope to see you there !


Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am EDT
Hampton

11:10am EDT

Science & Research: Correlating Environmental Variables with Radon Activity in an Iowa Cave
CORRELATING ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES WITH RADON ACTIVITY IN AN IOWA CAVE
Lawrence E. Welch, Anna Takashima, Monica B. Miguel, Brigitte C. Layug, Mark D. Jones, and Christopher L. Beck
Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois, USA
lwelch@knox.edu
 Abstract
 Kemling Cave is located in Dubuque County, Iowa.  It is a single-entrance cave with 3.51 km of surveyed passage.  The entrance is gated, but done so in a manner that does not impede air exchange between the cave and the surface environment.  Past work has shown that measurement of radon activity as a function of time in this cave displayed an extreme degree of variability.  In this work, follow-up studies were designed and carried out to measure radon activity in parallel with a number of other environmental parameters, seeking to find which of the parameters had the strongest correlation with the radon activity.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence E. Welch

Lawrence E. Welch

Lawrence E. Welch holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.  He is in his 31st year of teaching at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he is the Clara A. Abbott Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.  He resides in Galesb... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:10am - 11:30am EDT
Somerset

11:15am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Kansas State University Radon Program
Come join Bruce in the Radon Chamber and learn about all the services and programs at Kansas State University – we have grown significantly this year and continue to reach thousands of citizens with radon information, serve the radon industry, and support the radon community!



Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:15am - 11:35am EDT
Hampton

11:35am EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Radonova
Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:35am - 11:50am EDT
Hampton

11:35am EDT

Science & Research: What we know about uranium and radon in Georgia well waters
What We Know About Uranium and Radon Georgia Well Waters
Uttam Saha*1, Leticia Sonon1, Pamela Turner2, Dana Lynch3, and Gabrielle Dean2
1Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
2Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
3Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Monroe County Extension, Athens, GA, USA.
sahau@uga.edu
 
Abstract
Radionuclides from three naturally occurring decay series (headed by 238U, 230Th, and 235U), have long been known to be present in groundwaters in Georgia. In 2010, routine surveillance of drinking-water testing revealed uranium concentrations exceeded the U.S. Maximum Contaminant Level (30 ppb) in private wells in central Georgia. Since they are in the same 238U decay series, high levels of uranium in well water may be associated with elevated levels of dissolved radon gas. Drinking water that contains high levels of these contaminants can have adverse health consequences, though definite relationships of those health issues with uranium and radon in drinking water have not been established. This paper provides an overview of our testing, mapping programs, and public education programs for tracking and mitigating uranium and radon in Georgia well waters. It also sheds some lights on the temporal variation of these two contaminants in well waters and their interrelationships.

Speakers
avatar for Uttam Saha

Uttam Saha

Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia
Dr. Uttam Kumar Saha is the Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia. Dr. Saha has a long 26 years of research, teaching, and outreach experience in soil fertility & crop production, hydroponic production... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am EDT
Somerset

11:35am EDT

Field Skills: The New QA standard: what you need to know
The new ANSI/AARST QA standard for radon measurement systems is based on consistent principles that are applied to every recognized measurement method, and contains many specific requirements that are designed to help providers document their data validity.  This presentation will review both the general principles, as well as summarize the key requirements for each method.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Ronca-Battista

Melinda Ronca-Battista

Health Physicist, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, NAU
Melinda Ronca-Battista works for the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center, providing software tools and online and workshop trainings for Tribal environmental monitoring programs across the US.  She has worked for about 30 years in the environmental monitoring and radiation protection... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT
Windsor

12:00pm EDT

Luncheon
Luncheon with the radon community - AARST Business Meeting, all welcome

Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Kensington

1:30pm EDT

Field Skills: Standards Trivia
Speakers
MK

Matt Koch

Matt has worked in the mitigation industry since 2008 performing mitigations in the Southeast in single family, multifamily and commercial buildings.  He a founding member of the SE AARST Chapter. Matt is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and serves on national... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Windsor

1:40pm EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Vapor Pin
Tuesday October 2, 2018 1:40pm - 1:55pm EDT
Hampton

1:55pm EDT

Science & Research: Investigation Radon Decay Products: Case Studies and Review of Key Scientific Literature
Investigating Radon Decay Products: CASE STUDIES and review of key Scientific Literature
Lisa Gregory, PhD
Independent Research
Leonardtown, Maryland
lisaenvironmental@gmail.com
Abstract 
Alpha radiation from radon decay products (RDPs) is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The relationship between RDP working level (WL) and radon concentration was investigated in several high radon environments where standard mitigation techniques are not feasible. By increasing air circulation through non-invasive methods, a decrease in RDP WL was observed. However, it was discovered that existing conditions within the study areas were already maintaining RDPs well below 0.02 WL. As RDPs are a notable health hazard and there exists locations where radon mitigation is impractical, further studies are needed to examine the effectiveness of long-term RDP mitigation techniques and to verify the equilibrium factors. In conjunction with this case study, a literature review of key research investigating RDPs is presented to help increase RDP awareness.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Gregory

Lisa Gregory

Lisa Gregory, MS, Ph.D. earned her Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Florida in 2002 and has published several peer reviewed papers in the field of stress physiology. Now a professional environmental consultant, Dr. Gregory has overseen multiple teams of scientists/engineers/technicians... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 1:55pm - 2:15pm EDT
Somerset

2:00pm EDT

2:20pm EDT

Field Skills: NEW AARST Member Benefit$
Every business  looks to save  on operating costs...the new AARST benefits  will help you do that! this presentation will introduce you to those new benefits, getting Signed In to the website, and if you are certified, the added bonus of having easy access to your certification status and how to use the new NRPP Certification Portal.

Speakers
NC

Nicole Chazaud

Staff - Symposium Manager, AARST


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm EDT
Windsor

2:20pm EDT

Science & Research: Summary of Research Mitigation System Design and Monitoring
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH ON MITIGATION SYSTEM DESIGN AND MONITORING
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G., CUT, William Wertz, Darius Mali
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
tmcalary@geosyntec.com
Abstract
The U.S. DOD sponsored research through the ESTCP Program for improved understanding of mitigation systems for radon and volatile organic compounds under project number ER2013-22.  This presentation summarizes the findings of the 5-year study.  For large buildings, the research indicates that significant improvements in cost-effectiveness can be achieved using a few new lines of evidence and a spreadsheet model.  Lines of evidence include steady vacuum versus radial distance from a suction point, transient vacuum measurements (change in vacuum vs time in response to turning the fan on or off) and fitting data to equations to calculate the transmissivity (T) of the material below the floor slab and the leakance (B) of the floor slab.  Helium tracer testing to measure flow rates below the slab and mass removal rate monitoring provide added value for system design and monitoring.  Case studies of one residence and two commercial buildings will be included.  

Speakers
avatar for Todd McAlary

Todd McAlary

Practice Leader, Vapor Intrusion Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G., CUTDr. McAlary is a consulting engineer, specializing primarily in sites contaminated with chlorinated solvents for 30+ years.  He has been the Practice Leader for Vapor Intrusion Services at Geosyntec Consultants for 20 years and a member of the... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm EDT
Somerset

2:40pm EDT

Break: POSTERS Effectiveness and Safety of Using 3X4 Aluminum Downspout for Exterior Radon Mitigation Venting in Dryer and Warmer Climates
EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF USING 3X4 ALUMINUM DOWNSPOUT FOR EXTERIOR RADON MITIGATION VENTING IN DRYER AND WARMER CLIMATES
 
Scott M. Drennen*, Arnold Drennen, and Dan Stephenson
Drennen Custom Contracting
Fort Collins CO, USA
office@drennencc.com
 
Abstract
 
To analyze the use of 3 x 4 aluminum downspouts for the external venting system on residential Radon mitigation systems rather than PVC pipe to improve aesthetics.  Explore the effects air flow volume, determine if aluminum downspout allows an excessive amount of radon gasses and/or moisture to escape through the seams.  Specifically, can aluminum downspout be used without radon re-entry into to the home and/or moisture damage to the home?

Speakers
avatar for Scott M. Drennen

Scott M. Drennen

Scott Drennen works with the construction company that was built by his father, Arnold Drennen and has over 15 years of experience in the radon field. Scott has practical experience in all aspects of residential contracting. In Scotts free time he enjoys paintball, snowboarding and... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm EDT
Hampton

2:40pm EDT

Break: POSTERS Graphene Polymer Composite Film Having Radon Gas Barrier Function And Method
GRAPHENE POLYMER COMPOSITE FILM HAVING RADON GAS BARRIER FUNCTION AND METHOD
 
Dong Hyun Lee 1, Dong Jin Kim 1, Hyun Ju Park 1, Ji Hun Choi 1, and Sang-Woo Joo 2
1 Institute of Technology for Environment Health and Safety, Seoul 04788, Korea
2 Department of Information Communication, Materials, Chemistry Convergence Technology, Soongsil University, Seoul 06957, Korea
ehsldh@iehs.co.kr
Abstract
The revision of the Indoor Air Quality Management Act of Korea of the new housing complex changed the radon management perception and mitigation system. Therefore, the existing imported and installed radon barrier membrane was developed for the domestic environment.
Recently graphene polymer composite materials have been paid much attention for their potential applications in various areas. Although several studies of epoxy materials based on graphenes were reported, there are still needs in development of new polymer composites. Despite the report of araldite epoxy as a bisphenol type, there has been no report on its composites with graphene materials to the best of our knowledge. In this work, we report araldite 506 epoxy resin graphene composites. The potential application for the radon gas barriers will be tested.
As a result, radon barrier membrane is made of graphene polymer composite materials and commercialization is tried after confirming diminishing efficiency of mitigation system.

Speakers
avatar for Dong Hyun Lee

Dong Hyun Lee

Institute of Technology for Environment Health and Safety, Seoul, South Korea
Dong Hyun Lee, Ph.D., is the CEO of Consulting & Technology for Environment Health Safety, and a founding member of the Korea Radon Association. He has received an award from the Minister of Environment for his contributions. Lee received his degree in Environmental Health from Hoseo... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm EDT
Hampton

2:40pm EDT

Break: POSTERS Stationary Online Radon Monitoring With Alphaguard
STATIONARY ONLINE RADON MONITORING WITH ALPHAGUARD
 
Franz Anton Roessler*, Radon Product Manager, Walter Buerkin, and Rainer Dielmann
Bertin GmbH, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
froessler@saphymo.de
Abstract
Stationary radon monitoring with remote data access is more and more important today, for radiation protection purposes but also for applications using radon as a tracer. For example, in high seismological risk level areas the radon in soil gas can be used as a tracer for seismic activities. The remote online monitoring of the radon in soil gas enables a considerable improvement of the early detection of seismic activities. In mines or other industries with increased radon levels, radon monitoring stations are used for radiation protection purposes. Based on real-time measurement data fast actions can be taken, such as by adapting the ventilation to reduce the radon exposure of workers in case of an exceedance of reference or threshold values. With the AlphaGUARD and its accessories complete measuring stations can be provided for remote online monitoring of the radon concentration in air, water and soil, proven in numerous existing applications.

Speakers
avatar for Laima Antanaviciute, Ph.D.

Laima Antanaviciute, Ph.D.

Bertin Corp
Laima Antanaviciute, Ph.D. is a Field Application Scientist at Bertin Corp with extensive experience in molecular biology and genetics research. As a Field Application Scientist she is responsible for the pre- and post-sales activities including training, product demonstrations and... Read More →



Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm EDT
Hampton

2:40pm EDT

Break: TRADE SHOW
Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm EDT
Kensington

3:20pm EDT

Field Skills: Favorite Tools - Show and Tell
Bring in and show your favorite tool or tip you use in your day to day business for both testers and mitigators.  Get new ideas or perspective on every-day tools and methods.  This is an audience participation session!
 Hosts, Jay Bauder and Wade Gervais, keep this lively exhibition of tools, tips and techniques from the field of Testing and Mitigation, moving at a fast pace, get your phones out take notes, take photos, we'll have live video for close-ups. #stopradon

Moderators
avatar for Jay Bauder

Jay Bauder

Bauder Basement Systems, Inc.
Jay has been a mitigator in Pennsylvania since 1987 and an AARST Board member since 2008.  He is actively involved in Radon Outreach and an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
avatar for Wade Gervais

Wade Gervais

Cascade Radon
Wade Gervais has been in the construction industry for over 20 years, He has been working with Cascade Radon since 2009 and a certified mitigator with AARST-NRPP since 2012. As Division Manager he oversees a large and diverse team of system designers, service technicians, and system... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:20pm - 4:05pm EDT
Windsor

3:30pm EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Professional Discount Supply
Low Voltage Tutorial  -  Lesson's learned with our KTA low voltage on proper install .


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Hampton

3:45pm EDT

Science & Research: Quality Assurance In Measurement Of Radon In Water By Liquid Scintillation Counting
Quality Assurance in Measurement of Radon in Water By Liquid Scintillation Counting
 Uttam Saha 1, Leticia Sonon 1, Pamela Turner 2, Dana Lynch 3, and Gabrielle Dean 2
1 Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
2 Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
3 Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Monroe County Extension, Athens, GA, USA.
sahau@uga.edu
Abstract
Our papers in 2016 and 2017 Symposia discussed optimum sampling and analysis methods for radon in waterThis presentation discusses quality assurance. The counting efficiencies of multiple liquid radium standards purchased from a commercial manufacturer produced inconsistent and unacceptable counting efficiencies; thus, their use in the analysis appeared questionable. Duplicate analysis of radon in 142 well water samples mostly yielded relative percentage deviation (RPD) ≤15 and seldom >15. However, >15 RPD was associated with the presence of an air bubble in one of the duplicate samples. Repeated analyses of two radon proficiency-test samples, regenerated at 40 to 60 day intervals over a period of two years, consistently yielded acceptable precision (based on the duplicate analyses) and accuracy (closeness to the theoretical radon concentration). Thus, a proficiency testing for radon in water is a valid and valuable option, and should be part of programs that analyze radon in water. 

Speakers
avatar for Uttam Saha

Uttam Saha

Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia
Dr. Uttam Kumar Saha is the Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia. Dr. Saha has a long 26 years of research, teaching, and outreach experience in soil fertility & crop production, hydroponic production... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:45pm - 4:05pm EDT
Somerset

3:50pm EDT

Vendor Learning Lab - Fantech
EC fans in Radon, presented by Fantech:
Why the Rn4EC is making your life as a mitigator easier.  Come and learn about this innovative, industry-first technology and why you no longer have to choose between high suction or high flow.  Also learn why speed controlling your fan will save energy and fine-tune your mitigations.

Tuesday October 2, 2018 3:50pm - 4:10pm EDT
Hampton

4:10pm EDT

Science & Research: Large Decrease Of Radon Concentrations In New-built Swedish Dwellings
LARGE DECREASE OF RADON CONCENTRATIONS IN NEW-BUILT SWEDISH DWELLINGS
Tryggve Rönnqvist
Radonova
P.O. Box 6522, SE-75138 Uppsala, Sweden
tryggve.ronnqvist@radonova.com
Abstract
From the analysis of about 100,000 radon measurements in Swedish dwellings stored in the database of Radonova, it has been found that the number of dwellings above the reference level of 200 Bq/m3 (5.4 pCi/l) has decreased a lot for new buildings. The number of single-family houses with building year 2014-2016 with radon levels above the reference level was only about 2 % which can be compared with about 30% for houses built 1950-1980. These data show the importance of good building practice. The development in building technique which can have influenced this improvement will be discussed. Similar data will also be presented for multi-family houses as well as data showing how the radon levels in houses built around 2005 have changed from measurement at that time until now.

Speakers
avatar for Tryggve Rönnqvist

Tryggve Rönnqvist

Technical Manager, Radonova Laboratories AB
Tryggve Rönnqvist, Ph.D. is the Technical Manager of Radonova Laboratories AB in Sweden. He has more than 20-year experience of radon measurements in a radon laboratory which has analyzed more than 2’500’000 passive radon detectors. Tryggve obtained his PhD in nuclear physics... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 4:10pm - 4:30pm EDT
Somerset

4:10pm EDT

Field Skills: What's Your PFE Jack
What’s Your PFE, Jack?
In keeping with the spirit of  trainers, Jack Hughes and Jack Bartholomew, this session will emphasize the value of pressure field extension diagnostics in avoiding call backs, proper fan selection, and system design. Demonstrations will focus on quantitative measures and the presentation will have case studies. A good time will be had by all!

Speakers
avatar for Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson

President, Building Performance Co.
Chad Robinson is the founder of Building Performance Co. His education, BS in Mechanical Engineering, along with his passion for the environment and many years of construction design have led him to focus his expertise on radon mitigation and energy efficiency. Chad is currently the... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm EDT
Windsor

4:35pm EDT

Science & Research: Radon Control In Canadian Buildings: Research At National Research Council Canada
RADON CONTROL IN CANADIAN BUILDINGS: RESEARCH AT NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CANADA
Liang Grace Zhou*, Gang Nong, and Ethan Li
National Research Council Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Liang.Zhou@nrc-cnrc-gc.ca
Abstract
Researchers at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada have been conducting experimental studies related to radon control in buildings since 2011, in collaboration with Health Canada’s National Radon Program. The presentation outlines the research outcomes covering the topics ranging from the impact of active soil depressurization on heating energy consumption and indoor environment, leakage through radon control fan enclosure, performance of passive radon stacks in Canadian homes, to the effectiveness of using heat recovery ventilator for radon control in airtight houses. In order to verify the effectiveness of sub-slab air barrier systems in reducing radon ingress, the NRC has developed the Radon Infiltration Building Envelope Test System (RIBETS) and Radon Diffusion Test Chamber (RDTC). The paper will focus on the testing from the RIBETS and the RDTC, summarizing the Radon Diffusion Coefficient and Radon Resistance results measured from 10 building materials that are used beneath concrete slabs. 

Speakers
avatar for Liang Grace Zhou

Liang Grace Zhou

Liang Grace Zhou, PhD, has led her team in developing the radon fan leakage test rig, the radon infiltration building envelop test system, and the radon diffusion chamber at the National Research Council Canada. She is currently undertaking a field study of passive radon stacks in... Read More →


Tuesday October 2, 2018 4:35pm - 5:00pm EDT
Somerset

5:30pm EDT

"Imagine" Night Out
This amazing and magical and fun evening is sponsored in part by Fantech, Radon Supplies and Radonova. 

Join friends and colleagues for fun and fantastical progressive evening , all at our beachfront  hotel outdoor areas set up just for us!
  • 5:30 Drinks and Entertainment 
  • 6:30 South Carolina low-country boil style dinner buffet
  • 7:30 Radon Karaoke Contest - pick a song and compete!
  • 9:00 - ? Speakeasy Lounge
Karaoke Rules are attached as a download doc. Pick a song and get your lyrics in ASAP to compete for a great time and  great prize!



Tuesday October 2, 2018 5:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
TBA
 
Wednesday, October 3
 

8:00am EDT

Strategy: Confronting Radon in the Workplace
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ionizing radiation regulation addresses risk  to workers in a “restricted area” where access is controlled by the employer for purpose of protecting individuals from exposure to radiation or radioactive materials onsite.  The OSHA exposure limit and testing and notification protocols for workplaces engaged with ionizing radiation are inappropriate for schools and other workplaces.  The EPA Action Level applies to all indoor areas. Our panel will discuss what public policy position and other actions that AARST and AARST chapters might take to improve workplace protection from radon, starting with public schools.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Crowley

Peter Crowley

CZ Environmental Solutions


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am EDT
Windsor

8:50am EDT

Field Skills: Houses from Heck: Pros Challenge the Audience for Best Solutions
Our panel of pros bring examples of measurement and mitigations gone wrong, they challenge the audience for solutions and proper fixes and then share their solutions.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Kerber

Josh Kerber

Environmental Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health
Joshua Kerber is an Environmental Research Scientist for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has worked in the indoor air quality and radon field since 2002 and the home construction industry prior to that time. He has a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science and has worked and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Brodhead

William Brodhead

President of WPB Enterprises, Inc.
Bill Brodhead has been installing radon and vapor intrusion systems in residential, commercialand school buildings since 1984 and the radon mitigation instructor at Rutgers University for 25 years.Bill has authored 17 research papers at AARST conferences. His papers are available... Read More →
avatar for Wally Dorsey

Wally Dorsey

Wally Dorsey has been involved in radon since 1985 and incorporated Radon-Ease in 1987. He comes to radon via the world of nuclear submarines in the 1970s, then home building during the 80s. He is involved in Legislative efforts in Virginia to; license radon professionals, enact a... Read More →
avatar for Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald

VP of Operations, A-Z Solutions, Inc.
Tony McDonald has 20 years of experience in the radon testing, designing and mitigation field. He has successfully mitigated thousands of homes and commercial buildings. Tony serves as VP of Operations and acts as Senior Project Manager for the companies’ commercial division. Tony’s... Read More →
avatar for Steve Merritt

Steve Merritt

Steven Merritt is a Certified Industrial Hygienist who is passionate about reducing clients’ indoor environmental health risks and educating people about radon.  He brings over 20 years of environmental field experience, degrees in Chemistry and Radiation Health Physics from the... Read More →
avatar for John Seidel

John Seidel

Radon Be Gone
John Seidel from Radon Be Gone has been installing radon mitigation systems for over 12 years. He operates in both residential and commercial fields in Utah and Idaho.  John is a nationally certified mitigation company, providing testing and removal of radon gas, including soil gas... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:50am - 10:00am EDT
Windsor

10:00am EDT

Break: TRADE SHOW
Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Kensington

10:45am EDT

Strategy: Operation of the Standards Consortium and NRPP Policy Advisory Board (or The Dummies Guide to AARST Firewalls and Other Boundaries)
Please join us to hear about the structures set up by the AARST Board of Directors to transparently deliver consensus work products and uniform certification procedures for radon professionals.
Bonus: an update on progress on developing the Jobs Tasks Skills Analysis in preparation  for NRPP's application for accreditation as a credentialing body that meets ISO 17024!
Closier: Dallas assigns homework and all commit to advancing #stopradon in 2019

Speakers
avatar for Gary Hodgden

Gary Hodgden

Consultant, AQP
avatar for Dallas Jones

Dallas Jones

AARST-NRPP
AARST-NRPP Executive Director
avatar for Doug Kladder

Doug Kladder

CERTI
Doug has been in the industry as an investigator, contractor and instructor of all things radon since 1984.  And not just in the U.S. but also Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  But in his 35 plus years in the radon biz he has seen a lot of weird things and in this presentation he gets... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Windsor