Why You Must Have A Haz-Mat Inspection of Every Building You Renovate or Demolish – Regardless of Age or Type of Building (or – Construction Myths That Can Lead You Astray – Using Building Age To Determine Presence of Haz-Mat)

The point of this article can be simply stated by looking at regulations:

Federal EPA’s National Emission Standards For Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) CFR 40 Chapter 1 Part 61

This regulation requires any building undergoing renovation or demolition (with the exception of residential properties of four units or less that will remain residential property after the renovation/demo activities) to be inspected for asbestos prior to the start of renovation or demolition activities. The only way to comply with this regulation is to sample each material you will disturb or assume each material you will disturb contains asbestos (other than a few non-suspect materials) and handle each material as asbestos-containing until sampled and proven otherwise.

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FLOOR TILE AND MASTIC REMOVAL – BOTH NOW HAZARDOUS WASTE

As many of you are aware, Hazard Management Services, Inc. (HMS, Inc.) has often required vinyl floor tiles (VFTs) to be considered a hazardous waste when they are significantly broken when removed from their substrate. This view has also been adopted by many local Air Pollution Control Districts (APCDs) and Air Quality Management Districts (AQMDs), whose authority includes enforcement of the EPA’s NESHAPs regulation, when mechanical means (riding tractor, air chisels, etc.) are used to lift the tiles. Read more ›

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Window World of St. Louis to Pay $19,529 Penalty for Failure to Notify Owners, Residents of Lead Risks Before Renovation

Release date: 03/31/2011

Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., March 31, 2011) – Window World of St. Louis, Inc., has agreed to pay a
$19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and

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EPA fines five Phoenix charter schools for asbestos violations

(San Francisco, Calif. — 10/5/2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined five Arizona charter schools a combined total of $49,200 for asbestos violations.

Summit High School, GateWay Early College High School, Friendly House Academia Del Pueblo Elementary Charter School, Arizona School for the Arts, and Vicki A. Romero High School all failed to conduct inspections to determine if asbestos-containing material was present in school buildings and failed to have an asbestos management plan.  All of the schools have since taken necessary actions to comply with the law.
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U.S. EPA settles asbestos case with Bay Area construction consultant

NOTICE THAT THE OWNER HIRED A CONSULTANT WHO HIRED A CONTRACTOR, WHO DID THE WORK WRONG!

EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE OWNER, WAS CITED THE OWNER PAID THE BIGGEST FINE AND SPENT TIME UNDER HOUSE ARREST! ALSO NOTICE THE FINE WAS ISSUED 7 YEARS AFTER THE PROJECT TOOK PLACE!

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2007

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EPA fines seven Tucson charter school operators $67,240 for asbestos violations

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2007

Contact: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711

(08/06/07) SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined seven Tucson charter school operators a combined total of $67,240 for Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act violations.

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The 100 Square Foot Rules

Asbestos

Nearly every contractor, construction manager, architect or facilities director is aware that there is a level of asbestos-containing material disturbance over which you need to be a registered asbestos contractor to conduct. Some are even aware this level is 100 square feet. Read more ›

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Portable Building Movement Considered to Be Demolition by SJVAPCD

Attached to this Notice are two letters from SJVAPCD and one letter from HMS, Inc. to APCD. All of these letters concern the movement of portables buildings from one site to another, or from one location at a site to another location at the same site.

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Third Wave of Asbestos Victims

There is anecdotal evidence gathered from conversations with industry experts that respiratory non-compliance among Latino asbestos abatement workers in California does occur, but this information does not appear to be documented in the asbestos literature. Is this important? Should clients, contractors, consultants, and abatement workers be concerned about this documentation deficiency? The answer is a clear and resounding, YES!

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Three-Year Reinspections Due

The EPA-mandated “Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act” (AHERA) regulation, which
went into effect in 1987, required an initial inspection of all K-12 school facilities, with reports
completed by July of 1989. Many school districts submitted asbestos management plans in
1988, but most districts submitted plans in 1989.

Every three years a reinspection by an EPA accredited inspector of all asbestos-containing
building materials is required. The first three-year reinspections were due in 1991/1992, and the
latest three-year cycle is upon us for 2003/2004. If you have not already been contacted to
schedule a three-year reinspection, call the HMS, Inc. office nearest you to schedule a
convenient time.

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