HBA staff and members met with Metro again on March 20 regarding Metro’s new asbestos disposal requirements which take effect on April 1. HBA continues to work to refine and simplify the requirements, ensure consistency in how they are enforced, and promote dialogue between Metro staff and HBA members on some of the unnecessary review requirements as well as the unintended impacts on the cost of housing.
On March 20, Metro representatives attended a roundtable with HBA members and staff regarding implementation of DEQ’s new asbestos requirements at Metro’s two transfer stations – these additional requirements will be taking effect April 1, 2017. Metro told attendees that they are working to ensure they have correct information on-site for the contract workers at the transfer stations and are making a concerted effort for greater consistency among employees on enforcement. They are also refining the material list of suspect asbestos containing materials (ACM). Materials that are confirmed to have asbestos in them through lab analysis can be taken to the Hillsboro Landfill or the Wasco County Landfill in The Dalles. HBA membership provided feedback that it would be helpful for Metro to distribute documents to all contractors who may dump waste at the Metro’s transfer stations that provide a distinction on what materials will need to be taken to alternate dumping facilities.
During the meeting, we received clarification regarding required paperwork at the transfer stations. While the paperwork needs to be completed every time, the lab work analysis only needs to be done once and can be the same for the duration of the project. The current required form does not include any project duration document so for now, the lab work from a specific work site can last an open-ended amount of time. Metro suggests you duplicate your paperwork if you know you’ll be doing multiple loads from the same work site.
The requirement stands that listed suspect materials from construction prior to January 1, 2004 will need to be tested and post-2004 materials won’t be. No documentation is needed to prove a building’s material is from after 2004.
HBA membership and staff provided feedback that some sort of pamphlet or brochure that includes photos would be very helpful in both Metro training their staff, and our members training theirs. It would ensure everybody was on the same page regarding materials and would help make the process smoother, especially for contract or non-English speaking employees.
Metro is actively working to disseminate the updated information within our industry and HBA is trying to facilitate that as much as possible. Metro staff will be included on a panel titled “Deconstruct & Dump! Inside Metro’s New Asbestos Dumping Laws” at HBA’s BuildRight Conference – at 10:45am on April 19 at the Kennedy School. Matt Tracy and Penny Erickson, the Metro policy makers for the transfer stations, will also be joining HBA member Handyman Bob Strong on-air Saturday, April 1st, from noon to 2:00, on FM News 101 KXL. It will be a great opportunity for membership to hear from Metro first hand and call in with any questions they may have.
HBA staff will continue to work with Metro and members on implementation of these new regulations and will be participating in DEQ’s Asbestos 2017 Rulemaking Advisory Committee.