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  • Asbestos NESHAP

    The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and enforce regulations to protect the general public from exposure to airborne contaminants that are known to be hazardous to human health.  In accordance with Section 112 of the CAA, the EPA established National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to protect the public.  Asbestos was one of the first hazardous air pollutants regulated under Section 112.  On March 31, 1971, the EPA identified asbestos as a hazardous pollutant, and on April 6, 1973, the EPA first promulgated the Asbestos NESHAP in 40 CFR Part 61.

    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) administers their asbestos program under Title 17 of the Pima County Code (PCC).  The Asbestos NESHAP has been adopted by reference in PCC Section 17.16.530.  The program's intent is to minimize the release of asbestos-containing material.  Accordingly, the Asbestos NESHAP specifies work practices to be followed during demolitions and renovations of all structures, installations, and buildings (excluding residential buildings that have four or fewer dwelling units).  In addition, the regulations require the owner of the building and/or the operator to notify PDEQ before any demolition, or before renovations of buildings that contain a certain threshold amount of asbestos or asbestos containing materials. 

    Understanding the Asbestos NESHAP provides a basic understanding of the Asbestos NESHAP requirements.

    Who needs to Submit Notification and apply for an Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit?

    Find out if your work requires an Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit and Notification submittal by going to the Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit and Notification Applicability Guidance.

    How much does the permit cost?

    Permit fees are based on the type of work being conducted, and can be determined from the Fee Schedule.  Separate fees are required for renovation and demolition permits.

    How to apply for an Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit and Submit Notification

    If your work requires an Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit and Notification submittal, you can apply for the permit and submit notification online, by email, in person, or by mail.  Payment may be cash, check or credit card.  Apply for an Asbestos NESHAP Activity Permit.

    What are the Asbestos NESHAP Rules?

    Federal rules for Asbestos NESHAP are provided in the Standards & Definitions.

    FAQs and Additional Information

    For answers to frequently asked questions, and additional information:
            Understanding the Asbestos NESHAP
            OSHA Standards
            Asbestos in the Home

    Report a Complaint

    If you are observing activities which may be in violation of the Asbestos NESHAP, you may File a Complaint with PDEQ.
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