Proposed Asbestos Rules Aim to Clarify and Close Loop Holes

Asbestos InsulationIn November 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) proposed changes to their air pollution control rules governing asbestos.  Significant changes include the explicit requirement for building owners/operators to inspect for asbestos prior to demolition, renovation or other disturbance.  An expanded definition of “friable” material incorporates material that is crumbled, shattered, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure, machinery, and tools. Small abatement projects are exempt from MADEP notification and include abatement of 100 s.f. or less of asbestos containment floor tile or mastic and 32 s.f. or less of asbestos containing wall board or joint compound.  Finally, detailed performance standards on how contractors must abate specific materials have been added.  Go to MADEP’s web site to see all related documents.

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