Asbestos Abatement Notification
Though state laws vary, the federal government has established some guidelines for notification of asbestos abatement projects as laid out in the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements found in 40 CFR 61, Subpart M. Notification forms are required for all major renovation or asbestos removal projects except those taking place in an isolated single-family dwelling unit with four buildings or less. However, even homeowners must adhere to guidelines for the proper transport and disposal of asbestos-containing materials.
It is usually the abatement contractor who will file the appropriate notifications of intention to demolish or renovate a structure. The notice must be postmarked at least ten working days before the project begins and any asbestos is disturbed. The notification must include not only information such as the address of the structure and type of renovation, but also the procedures that were used to detect asbestos, an estimate of the amount of material that must be removed, and the methods that will be used to remove it. Method and location of waste disposal must also be specified. If any of these factors change, or more asbestos is found than expected, the contractor must file an updated notification.
State guidelines vary, so it is a good idea to contact state environmental authorities or municipal health or building department to obtain specific requirements. Licensed abatement workers will be familiar with these regulations as well as any public health notifications required.