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Authority

MDAQMD is delegated to enforce the Asbestos National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), as specified under 40 CFR 61, Subpart M per District Rule 1000 as it applies to asbestos removal and demolitions.

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Forms / Applications

Asbestos Checklist is required for all projects requesting an exemption from submitting a Notification of Demolition / Renovation.  The checklist helps determine if a Notification of Demolition / Renovation and fee is required.  

Notification of Demolition / Renovation must be submitted to MDAQMD 10 working days prior to the start of any demolition or asbestos removal activities and applicable fees must be paid in full.  Permit for abatement equipment may be required. 

Emergency Notifications are reserved for immediate asbestos removals due to unsafe conditions, equipment damage, unreasonable financial burden, and for Ordered Demolitions. Examples are flood, earthquake, unintentional fires, and site contamination. For emergency removals, attach a letter from the person authorizing the emergency to the Notification. For Ordered Demolitions submit the name, title, and authority of the State or local government representative who has ordered the demolition, the date that the order was issued, and the date on which the demolition was ordered to begin. A copy of this order shall be attached to the Notification.

Permit Applications for negative air machines and hepa vacs are required.  Applicable fees must be paid at time of application.  Permits must be issued prior to operation in an abatement project.  Instructions for applying for a permit can be found online.

Fees

Demolition / Renovation Fee

Permit Fee

There are no additional fees for Emergency Notifications or Revisions to Notifications.

For additional information regarding asbestos-related fees, refer to District Rule 302 - Section (E).

Submission

By mail or in person to:

MDAQMD
14306 Park Ave.
Victorville, CA 92392

Email:  asbestos@mdaqmd.ca.gov

Permit application submission information can be found online.

Compliance

MDAQMD may conduct a site visit to ensure that projects have properly notified and that correct abatement techniques are being followed.  Projects may be required to keep / provide compliance documentation and may have to complete daily logs.

Additional Information

Survey Requirement: Asbestos Surveys are required prior to renovation and demolition. Asbestos must be removed prior to activities that may disturb it. All asbestos must be removed prior to demolition.

Revisions: Update the notification(s) as necessary, highlight each revision made on the notification, and submit it to the District.

Demolition: Is the wrecking or taking out of a load-supporting structural member of a facility, or the intentional burning of a structure. Demolitions require a prior asbestos Survey and asbestos removal. All structural Demolitions with or without asbestos require Notification. Dismantling of partitions and installation of windows and doors through load-supporting walls without asbestos is exempt from notification.

Demolition by Intentional Burning: Demolition by fire requires a prior asbestos Survey, an asbestos Notification if applicable, and submittal of a Training Burn Notification to the District.

Renovation: Is the removal, stripping, or altering of asbestos containing materials, and/or any activity involving the associated disturbance of asbestos in a facility. Renovations require an asbestos Survey, Notification(s) and removal prior to and activity that would disturb the asbestos. Remodeling or renovations without asbestos do not require Notification.

Asbestos Brochure

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Asbestos?

What are the health hazards of Asbestos?

What is a facility?

Do demolitions of facilities in which no asbestos is present require notification?

Who is responsible for submitting notification?

Which date do I use to determine whether I've met the 10-day waiting period?

When do I submit a revised notification?

Does an inspector have the right to enter any facility and the containment area?

Is visible asbestos-containing debris on the ground outside a removal job considered a "visible emission," and a violation of the NESHAP?

What will happen if I violate the Asbestos NESHAP?

For more commonly asked questions see:  Common Questions on the Asbestos NESHAP

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