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Learn More about EPA’s Plans to Establish Voluntary Criteria for Radon Credentialing Organizations

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What is the History of EPA’s Voluntary Radon Proficiency Program for Radon Service Providers?

In February 1986, EPA established the Radon Measurement Proficiency (RMP) Program to assist consumers in identifying organizations capable of providing reliable radon measurement analysis services. The Radon Contractor Proficiency (RCP) Program was established in 1989 to evaluate the proficiency of radon mitigators in residences and provide information to the public on proficient mitigators. In 1994, EPA began working to consolidate the RMP and RCP into one streamlined program to better meet industry needs and reduce costs. The consolidated program officially became the Radon Proficiency Program (RPP) in October 1995.

EPA operated the Radon Proficiency Program (RPP) until its discontinuation in the early 2000s when two organizations qualified to be designated as responsible parties for credentialing radon service providers  – the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP; formally affiliated with the National Environmental Health Association) and the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB). The document, “Criteria for Certification of Radon Service Providers, the Accreditation of Radon Chambers and Laboratories, and the Approval of Measurement Devices,” was used to conduct the one-time evaluation of the radon credentialing practices of these two organizations.

Since this time, EPA has not maintained an ongoing and open evaluation process for additional organizations wishing to credential radon service providers and has relied on NRPP and NRSB to provide the national proficiency platform in the radon marketplace. States receiving indoor radon grants may currently only list providers credentialed by one or both of two recognized credentialing bodies (i.e., NRPP and/or NRSB) or their own state-run certification program.

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What is EPA Proposing and How Do I Submit Comments?

For years, many state programs and private industry stakeholders have asserted their belief that EPA should maintain a standard of competence for credentialing organizations of radon service providers that reflect current industry standards and best practices.

In response and because of the growing radon market in recent years, EPA is seeking public feedback on a proposed approach for developing voluntary criteria for organizations that credential radon service providers. The need for criteria to establish a standard of competence for organizations credentialing radon service providers remains relevant to help ensure continued and sustained access to a qualified workforce. These criteria will establish an ongoing and open evaluation process for organizations wanting to credential radon service providers. While EPA cannot require that radon credentialing bodies take any particular action in order to conduct business, EPA does have authority to require that states receiving indoor radon grants list only providers who meet certain standards of competence. The Agency anticipates that it will take two to four years to establish a process and ensure ample opportunities for stakeholder involvement. This is a non-regulatory proposal designed to benefit state radon programs, small business and consumers.

To learn more, and/or submit comments on the proposed approach, visit the Agency’s electronic docket (EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0430) on the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0430-0001.

The comment period for this action has been extended till Thursday, November, 23, 2017. Depending on interest and questions received, EPA may host a question and answer session via webinar during the comment period. Please visit this website regularly for updates.

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