Georgia's Asbestos Program, located in the Land Protection Branch of the Environmental Protection Division, is responsible for protecting human health and the environment from activities that disturb asbestos.
Due to loss of state funding for Georgia's Asbestos Program, the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants-Asbestos Program (NESHAP-Asbestos) was transferred to U.S. EPA Region 4 on March 1, 2009. Despite the loss of state funding, the program continues to license asbestos contractors, approve asbestos supervisor training courses, and collect asbestos abatement/demolition project notifications as mandated under the Georgia Asbestos Safety Act.
The program also provides training, technical assistance, and inspections of K-12 schools for compliance with the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This activity is funded through a small grant from U.S. EPA.