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The Division of Air Quality’s Asbestos Management Program works with the DNREC Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances and the Office of Management and Budget’s Division of Facilities Management to protect the public from the health impacts of asbestos, which may lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. The abatement program regulates the removal, transport, and disposal of asbestos in the state.
Asbestos Management Program
State Street Commons
100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A
Dover, DE 19904
Solid and Hazardous Waste Section
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Asbestos-containing materials were widely used in industrial and commercial facilities as well as in homes until the early 1980s. Asbestos, a naturally-occurring durable mineral mined from the earth, was used to insulate heating ducts and to make roofing tiles and siding material.
Many homeowners have asbestos-containing materials in their homes. To properly identify these materials, homeowners should have an inspection performed by a Delaware-licensed asbestos inspector. Any asbestos-containing material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed should be left alone. However, if the material is deteriorating, or will be disturbed during renovation or demolition, it must be removed.
Homeowners in single-family, owner-occupied homes may do the work themselves provided they package and dispose of the waste properly. However, homeowners should use extreme caution when dealing with asbestos-containing materials, and should consider using a licensed asbestos abatement contractor for most removal projects. For more information on self-removal, read How to Properly Remove Cement Asbestos Board Siding.
A homeowner may contact the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and make arrangements to bring their asbestos-containing material to one of DSWA’s transfer stations or landfills. DSWA requires homeowners to call 24 hours in advance and make an appointment before bringing any asbestos- containing waste to its facilities. Other requirements may include completing a DSWA Asbestos Disposal Form. Call DSWA Citizen’s Response Line at 1-800-404-7080 for more information. DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section maintains a list of waste haulers that are certified to transport asbestos. For a copy of this list, call the Section at (302) 739-9403.
Before removing asbestos-containing materials during renovation or demolition of a structure containing asbestos, owners are advised (and may be required) to have an inspection by a Delaware licensed asbestos inspector.
Additionally, owners or asbestos and/or demolition contractors must notify the US EPA (and DNREC, as required) at least 10 business days prior to any activity which may disturb asbestos-containing materials.
Finally, asbestos-containing materials may only be transported by approved hazardous waste haulers, and disposed of in approved disposal facilities.
Facility owners and fire companies conducting demolitions for fire training must meet notification and approval requirements outlined in the Delaware Open Burning Program.