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Demolition and Dust

  • Asbestos is a general name given to a group of minerals that do not dissolve in water or evaporate. Asbestos fibers resist heat and fire and cannot be broken down easily by chemicals or bacteria. Asbestos has been used in many products, such as insulation, floor tile, roofing materials and siding. Although most of these products are no longer made using asbestos, there is still a risk of exposure to asbestos during renovations and demolitions.

  • Contractors have specific obligations and should visit the Asbestos NESHAP Program and make sure to submit the appropriate notifications in a timely manner.

  • If you have concerns about dust, you may call the Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 or submit an air quality complaint.  More information about protecting yourself during demolition is available on our Asbestos and Demolition page