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National Policy Directives for Asbestos at Superfund Sites

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This section is designed to provide On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) with a comprehensive record of Agency directives and policies related to asbestos.

Rules and Regulations Regarding the Demolition of Asbestos-Containing Structures, Assistant Administrator Bob Perciasepe (16 pp, 5.4MB) June 8, 2012

This EPA memorandum summarizes the Clean Air Act Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations and clarifies their applicability to cleanups at CERCLA sites. Similarly the memorandum addresses worker-protection safety regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act which apply to CERCLA actions.

Assessing Protectiveness for Asbestos Sites: Supplemental Guidance to Comprehensive Five-Year Review Guidance (PDF) (6 pp, 73K) OSWER Directive #9355.7-03B-P October 2009.

This guidance provides recommendations for evaluating the protectiveness of a remedy for asbestos contamination at Superfund sites during a five-year review. It is accompanied by a two-page December 3, 2009, Transmittal Memorandum (PDF) (2 pp, 442K) issued by James Woolford, Director of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation.

Guidelines for Catastrophic Emergency Situations Involving Asbestos (PDF) (162pp, 947KB) December 2009.Exit disclaimer

This guidance document is intended for use by EPA managers and staff with NESHAPS and asbestos cleanup responsibilities that need information on how to address asbestos issues that may arise during catastrophic situations

Framework for Investigating Asbestos-Contaminated Superfund Sites (PDF) (71 pp, 849K) OSWER Directive 9200.0-68, September 2008.

This Framework implements the OSWER Directive (EPA, 2004) for addressing asbestos at Superfund sites by recommending a risk-based, site-specific approach for site evaluation based on current asbestos science. This guidance provides a recommended flexible framework for investigating and evaluating asbestos contamination at Superfund removal and remedial sites. This document also provides remedial/removal managers, remedial project managers, on-scene coordinators, site assessors, and other decision makers with information that should assist in the evaluation of asbestos risks at Superfund sites, along with information to facilitate sites decisions under conditions of incomplete characterization and to accommodate the varied nature of environmental asbestos contamination. This Framework was transmitted with James Woolford's memorandum: Transmittal of Framework for Investigating Asbestos-Contaminated Superfund Sites (PDF) (3 pp, 399K).

Vermiculite Ore Asbestos Sites: Evaluating Potential Indoor Residential Contamination (PDF) (4 pp, 1.7MB) Deborah Dietrich October 3, 2006.

This memorandum provides EPA Regions with guidance for conducting removal site evaluations at residential asbestos contamination sites associated with vermiculite ore from Libby, MT.

Clarifying Cleanup Goals and Identification of New Assessment Tools for Evaluating Asbestos at Superfund Cleanups (PDF) (4 pp, 199K) OSWER 9345.4-05, August 2004.

This EPA memorandum, also referred to as the "Mike Cook Memo", clarifies that Regions should develop risk-based, site-specific action levels to determine if response actions should be taken when materials containing less than 1 percent asbestos (including chrysotile and amphibole asbestos) are found on a site. Regions should not assume that materials containing less than 1 percent asbestos do not pose an unreasonable risk to human health.

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