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06:51PM | 02/15/05
Member Since: 02/14/05
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I have the same question as bath8183. I have a house we have lived in for 14 years. It has asbestos siding on it. We want to make a new hole for patio doors and close up old windows and then side the house. Can we remove these shingles and dispose of them ourselves? Or do we really have to call in professionals to remove these? My husband has replaced a few that have gotten broken over the years we have lived here. Obviously the whole house is a much bigger project. We live in Central Illinois


05:42AM | 02/17/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
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Thanks for including the state where you live. Illinois regulations are based on the federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Demolition or renovations involving asbestos are not regulated for indivdual homes being renovated by the homeowner. Obviously you cannot create a nuisance or health hazard, so use of good work practices such as wetting materials and enclosing them in sealed, marked bags would be a good idea. You can remove cement shingles and dispose of them. Call your local waste disposal company to determine if you need to drop off the materials at the transfer station or landfill, or if they can be collected in the trash. While you are not regulated, the waste disposal company is required to protect their employees from exposures and to comply with conditions in their permits.

Using careful work methods to avoid excess breaking of asbestos shingles, and containing the waste materials, poses minimal risks. Risks can be reduced by using appropriate respiratory protection, and disposable work clothing. See the following link from Illinois Asbestos Program for more suggestions on management and disposal.


12:51PM | 02/18/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
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I've been licensed to do asbestos inspections and removal in Michigan for 15 years. I think Illinois rules are about the same.

Homeowners are not under the same environmental restrictions as contractors.You are not under OSHA, for example, when working on your own house. So while a contractor would need at least Class II asbestos training (12 hours) for siding, you don't need it. You would want to take certain precautions, however. Common sense would dictate that you follow similar procedures to those used by trained professionals.

I usually tell homeowners that there are two situations in which they may run into problems.

1.) If a neighbor complains. Technically, the local EPA officer could come out and run air tests to see if airborne concentrations of asbestos are elevated and if they are, you could be fined. THis is very unlikely, but it would probably spoil your day to have the EPA there watching you.

2.) Disposal could also be a problem. I would recommend that you contact a local landfill and see if you can bring in "non-friable asbestos construction debris" and what requirements are enforced in your part of the state.

Hope this helps.

Fortress Environmental Solutions

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