Asbestos as Dangerous Waste
Asbestos can be found in old linoleum, ceiling tiles, siding, and other materials in homes built before 1977. It was banned for most uses under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Asbestos lodges in the lungs and can cause serious illnesses. As an air hazard, its removal falls under air regulations.
Local Air Agencies generally regulate asbestos removal.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries addresses licensing and working standards.
Asbestos page from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry discusses toxicity.
Asbestos page from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Asbestos in Your Home describes where you might find asbestos in buildings, from the Environmental Protection Agency
Asbesto (Amianto) es una página en español de la Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Asbestos removal may be warranted when an asbestos-containing material in your home is damaged, flaking, or crumbling. Find out what to do.
by Jan Soults Walker House Logic
If you have asbestos that needs to be removed, seek out an accredited inspector to get the job done. Image: ReclaimedHome.com/FlickrAsbestos is a carcinogen that was used extensively in building materials prior to the 1970s. It’s commonly found as duct and pipe insulation, vermiculite attic insulation, ceiling and wall acoustical tiles, cement asbestos siding, and floor tiles (and floor tile adhesives).Don’t let that frighten you, though. If the asbestos-containing materials in your home are undamaged, leave them alone. It’s more dangerous to disturb them, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In most states, you must disclose the presence of asbestos to buyers of your home.However, if you plan to do remodeling that will disrupt the materials, removing them is the best option.