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State of Georgia's Rules Governing Asbestos Abatement, Licensing and Disposal [Revised Apr 1999]

April 23, 1999

MEMORANDUM

To: General Public and Regulated Community
From: Donald H. McCarty, Jr., Program Manager, Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Program
Subject: State of Georgia’s Rules Governing Asbestos Abatement, Licensing and Disposal

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has several Rules which govern the asbestos abatement, licensing and disposal industry within the state. These Rules are enforced by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Attached are the following documents which you will find to be helpful in understanding these various requirements:

  • Rules for Air Quality Control, Chapter 391-3-1. Revised June 1998. Excerpted March 15, 1999. References the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Asbestos NESHAP Revision; Final Rule; Effective November 20, 1990.

  • Rules for Asbestos Removal and Encapsulation, Chapter 391-3-14. Revised June 1996. Delineates the requirements for licensing asbestos abatement contractors, fees for abatement projects, project supervisor training requirements, licensing reciprocity, exemptions and enforcement.

  • Rules for Solid Waste Management, Chapter 391-3-4. Revised August 20, 1997. Excerpted March 15, 1999. Defines asbestos-containing waste and requirements for collection and disposal.

Thank you for your request for this information. If you have additional questions you may contact one of our Environmental Specialists by calling the Program at (404) 362-2537.


RULES FOR AIR QUALITY CONTROL
Chapter 391-3-1.
Revised June 1998
(Excerpted March 15, 1999)

The following excerpt of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rules provides the Environmental Protection Division authority for regulating asbestos emission standards and work practices in Georgia.

"Rule 391-3-1-.02(9)(b)7. Emission Standard for Asbestos (inc. work practices): 40 CFR, Part 61, subpart M, as amended, is hereby incorporated and adopted by reference."

Hard copies of this document may be requested from the Georgia Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Program. For requests or questions regarding the compliance and enforcement of this Rule, please contact the Georgia program at (404) 362-2537.


RULES FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Chapter 391-3-4.
Revised August 20, 1997
(Excerpted March 15, 1999)

The following excerpt of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rules provides the Environmental Protection Division authority for regulating "Asbestos-Containing Waste."

"Rule 391-3-4.-01(5) "Asbestos-Containing Waste" means any solid waste containing more than 1 percent, by weight, of naturally occurring hydrated mineral silicates separable into commercially used fibers, specifically the asbestiform varieties of serpentine, chrysotile, cummingtonite-grunerite, amosite, riebeckite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite, using the method specified in Appendix A, Subpart F, 40 CFR part 763, Section 1."

"Rule 391-3-4-.04(8) Asbestos Containing Waste.

(a) Collection.

  1. Vehicles used for the transportation of containerized asbestos waste shall have an enclosed carrying compartment or utilize a covering sufficient to contain the transported waste, prevent damage to containers, and prevent release or spillage from the vehicle.

  2. Vehicles used to reduce waste volume by compaction shall not be used.

  3. Vacuum trucks used to transport waste slurry must be constructed and operated to ensure that liquids do not leak from the truck.


(b) Disposal.

  1. Asbestos containing waste is to be disposed of only in a permitted landfill or other facility authorized by the Division for acceptance of asbestos containing waste.

  2. Asbestos containing waste shall be sealed in leak-proof containers labeled with: "Caution - Contains Asbestos Fibers - Avoid Opening or Breaking Container - Breathing Asbestos is Hazardous to Your Health."

  3. Asbestos containing waste shall be disposed of in such a manner as not to destroy the integrity of the asbestos containing materials containers prior to the placement of cover material. This waste shall be completely covered immediately after deposition with a minimum of six (6) inches of non-asbestos material."

Hard copies of this document may be requested from the Georgia Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Program or Solid Waste Management Program. For requests or questions regarding the compliance and enforcement of the above Rules, please contact either Georgia program at (404) 362-2537.