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Delaware has a number of regulatory requirements for handling and disposing of asbestos. DNREC’s Divisions of Air Quality and Waste and Hazardous Substances work with the Office of Management and Budget’s Division of Facilities Management to protect the public from the health impacts of asbestos.

A thorough inspection must be conducted for the presence of asbestos-containing building materials prior to any building renovation or demolition project. The inspection must be conducted by a person licensed by Delaware in the identification of asbestos-containing building materials. These individuals are employed by professional service firms licensed by Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget Division of Facilities Management.

The survey or inspection is summarized in a report for the client and or repair/removal contractor. DNREC’s Division of Air Quality has developed a survey/inspection form (Delaware Asbestos Survey/Inspection Forms) for use by professional survey firms to summarize their findings.

If asbestos is found during the inspection and will be disturbed during any renovation or repair work, it must be properly removed and disposed of at an approved disposal facility. Likewise, all asbestos must be removed prior to any building demolition project. In most cases, asbestos abatement activities must be performed by a Delaware-licensed abatement contractor.

Lists of licensed asbestos inspectors, and licensed abatement contractors are maintained by the Delaware Office of Management and Budget Division of Facilities Management.

More detailed information on how an inspection is conducted is available on the Environmental Protection Agency web site.

Each facility owner must provide written notification to the US EPA and to the DNREC Division of Air Quality — by US Mail, by courier, or in-person — at least 10 working days before any building demolition activity occurs. This notification is required for all building demolition projects, regardless of the amount of asbestos present, and even when no asbestos is present. An asbestos abatement contractor may also submit the notification on behalf of the facility owner.

For renovation projects, written notification to the US EPA and to the DNREC Division of Air Quality — by US Mail, by courier, or in-person — is required at least 10 working days prior to any asbestos abatement performed as part of the renovation if the abatement is greater than 260 linear feet, 160 square feet, or 35 cubic feet of asbestos-containing material.

No notification is required for renovations if the amount of asbestos-containing material is less than these amounts, or if there is no asbestos-containing material present that will be disturbed during the renovation.

Facility owners/asbestos contractors may also register online to submit notifications electronically via the Delaware Online Asbestos Notification System (DOANS). However, this does not satisfy the requirement to notify the EPA.

Originals of all notifications must be sent to US EPA and a copy to the DNREC Asbestos Coordinator:

US EPA Region 3
Attn. Asbestos Coordinator
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

DNREC Div. of Air Quality
Attn. Asbestos Coordinator
100 W. Water St., Suite 6A
Dover, DE 19904

Demolition by intentional burning via an instructional fire fighting exercise may be conducted by Delaware fire companies provided that all asbestos-containing material has been removed from the proposed structure(s) and approvals are obtained from DNREC’s Division of Air Quality staff.

In order to confirm that all asbestos-containing material has been removed from the proposed structure(s), the owner of the structure must provide the Fire Company a certified inspection report from a Delaware licensed professional service firm which has inspected the structure and certifies in writing that all asbestos-containing material has been removed prior to demolition. DNREC’s Division of Air Quality has developed a survey/inspection form (Delaware Asbestos Survey/Inspection Forms) for use by professional service firms to summarize the findings of their inspections. This form should be attached to the Application for Demolition via Fire Fighting Instruction. DNREC cannot process the application without the certified report from the Delaware licensed professional service firm.

Owners of structures intended for firefighter training exercises must submit a demolition notification at least 10 working days prior to the start of any activity which may disturb asbestos-containing materials.

US EPA Region 3
Attn. Asbestos Coordinator
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

DNREC Div. of Air Quality
Attn. Open Burning
100 W. Water Street
Dover, DE 19904




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