Asbestos

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Asbestos NESHAP Demolition/Renovation Code Requirements


Because of potentially serious health risks of asbestos exposure, the Air Pollution Control Section of Shelby County Health Department (Department) regulates demolition and renovation activities involving asbestos-containing materials in the Memphis/Shelby County area {Shelby County Air Code, Section 3-25 and Memphis City Air Code, Section 16-81, Standards for Asbestos Demolition and Renovation, Rules and Regulations of Tennessee Reference 1200-3-11-.02, Hazardous Air Contaminants (Asbestos Code)}.

As described in the Asbestos Code, each owner, contractor, or operator must comply with the following requirements:
  1. An asbestos survey must be done prior to the start of any demolition or renovation activity. Tennessee Asbestos Accreditation Rule requires accredited persons to conduct the surveys. Written proof of the survey must be made available to the Department for any regulated demolition and or renovation involving regulated asbestos materials.
  2. At least ten (10) working days before the start of the demolition or renovation activity, a Notification of Intent must be completed and filed with the Department. A notice fee of $130.00 must be submitted with each notice filed. Emergency operations must meet the criteria defined in the Asbestos Code and on the Notification form. Notification forms are available from Air Pollution Control-Asbestos NESHAP Program upon request.
  3. All Regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM) must be removed prior to the start of any demolition or renovation activity. Only persons trained in the provisions of the regulations including emission control, work practice, and disposal requirements can remove RACM.
  4. All applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
For more information or to obtain a Notification of Intent Form, contact the Air Pollution Control-Asbestos NESHAP Program.