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Old 2/22/16, 12:47 PM
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March 4, 2016 Meeting re. The MN Radon Licensing Act

Greetings to All Radon Mitigators, Radon Testers, Home Inspectors, Realtors, and Building Officials,

You are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting sponsored by the newly formed Minnesota Association of Radon Professionals.

Find out how the new MN Radon Licensing Act and law, to be implemented by the MN Dept. of Health in 2017, will dramatically change who can be involved in Radon Testing, Radon Mitigation and fees attached to it. This new law will have a profound impact on the way you do business and those who work for you and with you.

Speakers at the March 4 meeting will include Lawmakers, Code Officials, Attorneys, Realtors and Mitigation Professionals. Topics will include options for going forward with professional designation and common sense approaches that limit government intervention, minimizing administrative and redundant costs. We will also review the option of repealing and replacing this law.

This is your best opportunity to become comprehensively informed, learn how to get involved and be heard.

When: 9:00am, Friday, March 4th, 2016
Where: Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N., Maple Grove, MN 55369
Cost: This meeting is FREE. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP asap to: noah@rouengroup.com

For more information contact:
Walter Donnay 612-490-1295
Mike Hogenson 612-369-5433
Noah Rouen 612-419-6909

NOTE: Please do not reply to this email. To reach Mike Hogenson, please send email to mwh@standardwater.com



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Old 3/1/16, 8:41 PM
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Radon laws are worthless. Here in Kansas, they are not enforced, policed, and many radon "testing professionals" do them for free, whether or not there is radon in the home tested. Many mitigation companies then get the "free" fees back from mitigation revenue.


Huge conflicts of interest abound when testers do the testing and mitigation. Laws just allow for games to be played, and push the little independent testing people out of business. It is a racket, very similar to HI licensing.


It is all about the state and CEU testing schools to make money. That's all.



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Old 3/6/16, 8:00 PM
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That's how I feel about it also.
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Old 3/6/16, 9:45 PM
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Worthless or not, like it or not, it has come to Minnesota. The question is, what the heck are we gonna do about it?



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Old 3/6/16, 10:21 PM
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Radon laws are worthless. Here in Kansas, they are not enforced, policed, and many radon "testing professionals" do them for free, whether or not there is radon in the home tested. Many mitigation companies then get the "free" fees back from mitigation revenue.


Huge conflicts of interest abound when testers do the testing and mitigation. Laws just allow for games to be played, and push the little independent testing people out of business. It is a racket, very similar to HI licensing.


It is all about the state and CEU testing schools to make money. That's all.
If what you're saying is true it sounds like Kansas has a very crooked government that is worthless. Not the licensing laws in general.
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Old 3/7/16, 9:06 AM
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Worthless or not, like it or not, it has come to Minnesota. The question is, what the heck are we gonna do about it?
Nothing. Let the mitigation guys do free testing.

Homeowners lose big but that's how laws work in Minnesota.
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Old 3/10/16, 9:32 AM
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And in every other state as well. Laws are only implemented to satisfy and benefit the ones who put them into play. The laws are purchased by lobbyists and special interest groups to add revenue to the business that want the laws, and push the honest, small business out of play. The consumers are the ones who lose.


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Old 1/25/17, 2:17 PM
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Latest Update: Received 01/25/2017:

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Message from MN Radon Professionals Association View this email in your browser
Important Update on Radon Licensing Act




Dear Radon Professional:


I wanted to share some important news for our industry. Late last week the Minnesota Legislature introduced a bill to REPEAL the RADON LICENSING ACT.

Here is a link to the bill (here)

As you know, we have worked with the legislature to modify the radon licensing act to make it work much better for our industry and our customers. We have met with dozens of legislators, staff and industry professionals over the course of the last six months. It was a clear consensus among all parties that the radon licensing act needs to change.

It is the recommendation of the legislature that the law is scrapped, with the possibility of starting from scratch.

While our original intent was to modify the law, we understand that at the end of the day, too many problems remain, so the Minnesota Association of Radon Professionals has voted to support the repeal of the Radon Licensing Act.

We also approved the hiring of a lobbying firm. The Rouen Group, who helped on this issue last year will be helping us again this year. They feel that with the industry support we should be able to pass the repeal.

Here is what you can do:
  • If you haven't, please join the Minnesota Association of Radon Professionals. (join here) We are the leading voice for Radon contractors and Radon testers in the state.
  • Contact your legislators and tell them you support the repeal of the MN Radon Licensing Act. Find your legislator(here). You can also send them an email with the 1-page fact sheet on reasons to repeal. (Download one-pager here)
  • Share this email with fellow industry professionals.

As always, please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns.


Walt Donnay
President, MARP
612-490-1295




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Old 1/29/17, 10:07 PM
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I have a message for Minnesota lawmakers. I can save you millions.

Just let the real estate agent office brokers set the requirements for radon testing for homes of their home buyers. Testers should have insurance, proof of educational requirements, and signing of a waver by all radon testing companies guaranteeing no conflicts of interest, and testing of radon by EPA protocols. Let the office brokers monitor the requirements and the performance of the testers, and any other tradespersons for that matter.

Put it on them. Besides, they are the ones who most likely want the laws anyway. Think about that.



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Old 6/7/17, 3:04 PM
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Radon Licensing Act Pushed Back Until 2019



Dear Radon Professional:

I want to give you all an update on our efforts to modify the radon licensing act at the Minnesota Legislature. As you know, MARP members were very engaged at the Capitol. Many of our members testified and attended meetings with legislators and MDH officials.

MARP also hired the Rouen Group to lobby on our behalf. Noah and his team did an excellent job of ensuring our voice was heard with politicians and policy makers. Our combined efforts were successful in getting the Legislature to pass a complete repeal of the Radon Licensing Act!

Unfortunately, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill that contained the repeal language. In fact, the governor singled out the repeal as one of the reasons he vetoed a major bill for the Department of Health. This forced MARP and our legislative allies to negotiate a compromise.

After hours of negotiation, we all agreed to extend the implementation of the Radon Licensing Act to 2019 and give us time to work on a solution with MARP, MDH, DoLI, and local city inspectors.

We feel fortunate to have achieved this result. We have a strong commitment from our great authors Sen. Karin Housley and Rep. Nick Zerwas, along with many others in the legislature to find a solution that works for our industry.

If you haven't already joined and want to help support our efforts please join (here)

Please watch your email in the coming weeks for our next general membership meeting and our First Annual Legislative Reception!

As always, please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns.


Walt Donnay
President, MARP
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Old 6/7/17, 3:16 PM
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Thanks for the update Jeff.



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Old 7/24/17, 4:16 PM
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Radon Rules Stakeholder:

A few items for your consideration:
  • The legislature amended the Radon Licensing Act to delay implementation of licensing requirements and rules until January 1, 2019;
  • agency staff have completed a new draft of the rules;
  • MDH continues to welcome your comments on the proposed rules;
  • the next formal step of the rulemaking process is publishing Notice of Intent to Adopt in the State Register.
You can find links to the statute, new rule draft and Request for Comments at:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rulemaking/rulesindex.html

Please direct questions about the Radon Licensing Act or proposed rules to:

Joshua Kerber, MS
Research Scientist
Minnesota Department of Health
Indoor Air Unit
Phone: 651-201-5613
Email: joshua.kerber@state.mn.us



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