Email: info@aarstfoundation.orgPhone: 618-204-5545


AARST Foundation exists to provide educational, scientific, charitable and literary resources relating to radon science and radon (radiation) risk reduction for the benefit of the American public and professionals engaged in radon research, education and radiation risk reduction.

The organization is organized exclusively for educational, scientific, charitable and literary purposes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

AARST Foundation supports radon related research, standards, and environmental justice to financially assist those that are unable to take action to test for and reduce elevated radon levels when discovered.

The AARST Foundation's board is comprised of professionals from the entire spectrum of radon community including business and education professions and environmental agencies.

Executive Committee

President - Calvin Murphy                                    Treasurer - Bill Rounds

                     Allied Radon Services, Inc.                                            Radonova




Brandy Toft                                Rudy Bess                                  Nate Burden     

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe            The Hope Light Foundation           Fidelity Inspection and Consulting Services                                


Kyle Hoylmann                         Karen Butler

Protect Environmental                   Professor and Assistant Dean for Academics          


Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive soil gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. In the United States, an estimated 22,000 people die of radon induced lung cancer annually. One person dies of radon induced lung cancer every 24 minutes. Many of these deaths can be prevented by conducting a simple test and then taking action to reduce elevated radon levels when found. The United States Environmental Protection Agency – USEPA – estimates that 1 in 15 homes have higher than recommended radon levels. In some states, the number sometimes exceeds 1 in 2 homes.

Taking action to reduce radon levels in a home with elevated radon levels result in a communal health risk reduction. With the decreased exposure, everyone living in the home has a decreased risk of contracting radon induced lung cancer.


Lung cancer is defined as cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2013, there will be 228,190 new lung cancer cases and 159, 480 lung cancer deaths.

Lung cancer has a very low five year survival rate. According to the American Lung Association, the lung cancer five-year survival rate (16.3%) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as the colon (65.2%), breast (90.0%) and prostate (99.9%). Over half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.

For anyone recently diagnosed with lung cancer, the National Cancer Institute has a booklet which answers many questions and assists with treatment questions at

The American Lung Association has a great deal of information regarding lung cancer at

For information regarding radon and lung cancer, see either National Cancer Institute website



For more information and to learn how you can participate in the AARST Foundation, please send an email

or you can contact us by mail at:

AARST Foundation
18245 E IL Highway 15
Mt Vernon, IL 62864