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.
Although asbestos is hazardous, human risk of asbestos disease depends upon exposure. Removal is often not a building owner's best course of action to reduce asbestos exposure. In fact, an improper removal can create a dangerous situation where none previously existed. The EPA only requires asbestos removal in order to prevent significant public exposure to asbestos, such as during building renovation or demolition. The EPA does recommend in-place management whenever asbestos is discovered. Instead of removal, a conscientious in-place management program will usually control fiber releases, particularly when the materials are not significantly damaged and are not likely to be disturbed.
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 inspections of the Facility to be demolished or renovated is performed.
For Applicability, Notification Requirements, Procedures for asbestos emission control and notification forms, please view the following:
What if I find asbestos in my home?
Homeowners should consider options carefully before removing asbestos.
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.
- 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.
- To dispose of asbestos -- even from your home -- don't throw it in trash! It's illegal to throw asbestos in the garbage since it is considered hazardous waste. Instead, call 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 [email protected].
- 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.