HBA is closely working with Metro as they work to comply and implement DEQ’s rules regarding asbestos disposal. Some outstanding uncertainties remain, and HBA continues to seek clarification on key issues arising in the regulations – beginning April 1, 2017.
For background on Metro’s new regulations, read about the recent HBA hosted roundtable on the subject here. More recently, there was another roundtable where key uncertainties that remain regarding the upcoming regulations were identified.
The first is that Metro states in their FAQ that “Unused materials listed … that were manufactured in or after 2004, or similar used materials coming from new construction built in or after 2004, do not need to be tested for asbestos.” However, Metro has no way to determine the age of any materials, other than by accepting the word of the person completing the Waste Acceptance Form (which now has a box to state the age of the materials). Metro’s FAQ also includes a conflicting statement, saying if any “materials are brought to a Metro transfer station without test results indicating they are free of asbestos, the load will be turned away. All suspect materials must be tested at a DEQ-certified laboratory.”
Two prior uncertainties remain regarding these new regulations. The first is that there is a lack of specificity around “Various compounds,” specifically, adhesives, caulks, patching, mastics and vapor barrier products. Metro itself remains uncertain about what is included in this group, which will make compliance and enforcement difficult. The second is Metro will not be accepting built-up roofing, even if asbestos is not detected, and it’s unclear who handles and accepts this material.
HBA will continue to seek clarification on the increased regulations through our engagement with Metro and will update membership with any new developments. Please contact James Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns regarding this issue.