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Asbestos Policies—Utah Determinations:
Asbestos Program

How Do You Count Ten Working Days?

(Effective: February 8, 1999)

Based on an EPA determination, asbestos projects subject to a 10-working day notification in Utah can commence on or after the 11th working day (week day) counted from day 1, which is the day that the notification is postmarked or hand carried to DAQ. In other words, the project may begin two weeks (on the same day of the week) or after, from the day that the notification is postmarked or hand delivered to DAQ.

"Working day means Monday through Friday and includes holidays that fall on any of the days Monday through Friday." See Asbestos NESHAP Regulations 40 CFR 61 Subpart M—National Emission Standard for Asbestos § 61.141 Definitions.

Is the Removal of Mastic a Regulated Activity?

(Effective: February 8, 1999)

A previous DAQ policy considered solvent mastic removal to be an unconditionally regulated activity. That policy is no longer in effect. Consistent with an EPA determination, the long standing policy is that if asbestos-containing material is friable or is rendered friable, or is subjected to grinding, sanding, sawing or abraiding, then it is regulated (RACM). Accurate determination of friability and proper handling of regulated asbestos-containing material is always the responsibility of the asbestos project owner/operator.

"Friable asbestos material means any material containing more than 1 percent asbestos as determined using the method specified in appendix E, subpart E, 40 CFR part 763, section 1, Polarized Light Microscopy, that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. If the asbestos content is less than 10 percent as determined by a method other than point counting by polarized light microscopy (PLM), verify the asbestos content by point counting using PLM." See Asbestos NESHAP Regulations 40 CFR 61 Subpart M—National Emission Standard for Asbestos § 61.141 Definitions.

"Regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) means (a) Friable asbestos material, (b) Category I nonfriable ACM that has become friable, (c) Category I nonfriable ACM that will be or has been subjected to sanding, grinding, cutting, or abrading, or (d) Category II nonfriable ACM that has a high probability of becoming or has become crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by the forces expected to act on the material in the course of demolition or renovation operations regulated by this subpart." See Asbestos NESHAP Regulations 40 CFR 61 Subpart M—National Emission Standard for Asbestos § 61.141 Definitions.