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Asbestos Program

Information about the Asbestos Program.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, the ability to be woven, and resistance to heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods.

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking.

The City of Albuquerque works to protect our community from the dangers of asbestos.

What if I Find Asbestos in my Facility?

Removal of Regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM), within Bernalillio County, is regulated by the City of Albuquerque's Air Quality Division.

The owner or operator of an Affected Facility shall insure that a thorough inspection of the Facility to be demolished or renovated is performed.

Asbestos Notification Forms

Form Notes
Download the Reno-Demo Flowchart. For assistance in determining whether your Renovation/Demolition requires notification to the Air Quality Program, please review the attached flow chart.
Download the Asbestos Notification form. Form to be used for asbestos reporting.
Download the RACM Asbestos Fee Calculation form. When opening form, "Enable Content' and "Save As"

What if I Find Asbestos at Home?

Homeowners should consider options carefully before removing asbestos.

Where can I Find Asbestos at Home?

Removal is often not the best course of action to reduce asbestos exposure. In fact, an improper removal can create a dangerous situation where none previously existed. Learn more.

  1. If you decide to remove asbestos from your home, residents are not required to submit a notification. (See the regulation.) However, we recommend that you get a licensed professional to remove asbestos.
  2. To dispose of asbestos -- even from your home -- don't throw it in trash. It is illegal to throw asbestos in the garbage since it is considered hazardous waste. Instead, call New Mexico Solid Waste Bureau to determine the best way to dispose of asbestos.

Asbestos is most dangerous to your health when it is being removed. Take proper precaution or call a professional.

Need Additional Help?

  • If you have questions concerning asbestos or asbestos removal, call us at (505) 768-1972 or email aqd@cabq.gov.
  • You can obtain more information about the Asbestos NESHAP by contacting your Region 6 Asbestos Coordinator at (214) 665-7575.
  • You may also call the EPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Hotline to ask general questions about asbestos, or to request asbestos guidance documents. The Hotline number is (202) 554-1404.