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managing asbestos waste in Orange County and Los Angeles County

Regulatory Assistance Officer’s Note:


 If you generate hazardous waste, you
s
hould consult with your Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Fina
l
ly, DTSC
strongly encourages all businesses generating hazardous waste to consider waste minim
i-
zation, source reduction and pollution prevention. Go to the Duty Officer FAQs for us
e-
ful
links.
What is asbestos and how dangerous is it?
Asbestos refers to a family of fibrous minerals found all over world and in the serpe
n-
tine rock that occurs throughout California. When the fibers break off and become
airborne, they can create a health r
isk if inhaled. Asbestos exposure is associated
with certain types of lung cancer, and long time occupational exposure can also cause
the lung disease asbestosis. Read more about the health risks of asbestos in the
DTSC fact sheet
What is
Asbestos
and the California Department of
Public
Health
pu
b
l
i
c
a
tion
Asbestos in the Home and Workplace
. In the past, asbestos was used
in
many household products and building mater
i
als because of its heat
-
resistant and
structural properties. As a result, building remodeling and demolition projects pr
o-
duce much of the asbestos waste we see today. DTSC regulates the packa
g
ing, onsite
accumul
a
tion, transportation, and di
s
posal of asbestos when it is a hazardous waste,
as defined below. Other agencies, listed at the end of this fact sheet, regulate asbestos
abat
e
ment, as well as activities related to naturally
-
occurring asbestos
.
Do I have to
manage asbestos as a hazardous waste?
DTSC classifies asbestos
-
containing material as hazardous waste if it is “friable” and
contains one percent (1.0%) or more asbestos as hazardous waste.
A friable waste is one that can be reduced to a powder or dust
under hand pressure
when dry. This classification standard is given in
California Code of Regulations, se
c-
tion 66261.24
. Because the United States Environmental Protection Agency (
U.S.
EPA) does not regulate asbestos as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation
Fact Sheet
,
December 2006
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