WSR 09-08-062




[ Filed March 26, 2009, 4:18 p.m. , effective May 1, 2009 ]

Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2009.

Purpose: (1) To exclude asphalt shingles from the definition of "suspect asbestos-containing material," and to add a separate definition for asphalt shingles.

(2) To delete the provision for submitting multiple asbestos projects on one notification if the structures are located in a contiguous area.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending Regulation III, Sections 4.01 and 4.03.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 70.94 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-05-081 on February 17, 2009.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: March 26, 2009.

Dennis J. McLerran

Executive Director



(a) AHERA BUILDING INSPECTOR means a person who has successfully completed the training requirements for a building inspector established by EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan; Interim Final Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Appendix C) and whose certification is current.

(b) ASBESTOS means the asbestiform varieties of actinolite, amosite (cummingtonite-grunerite), tremolite, chrysotile (serpentinite), crocidolite (riebeckite), or anthophyllite.

(c) ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIAL means any material containing more than one percent (1%) asbestos as determined using the method specified in EPA regulations Appendix E, Subpart E, 40 CFR Part 763, Section l, Polarized Light Microscopy.

(d) ASBESTOS-CONTAINING WASTE MATERIAL means any waste that contains or is contaminated with friable asbestos-containing material. Asbestos-containing waste material includes asbestos waste from control equipment, materials used to enclose the work area during an asbestos project, asbestos-containing material collected for disposal, asbestos-contaminated waste, debris, containers, bags, protective clothing, or HEPA filters. Asbestos-containing waste material does not include samples of asbestos-containing material taken for testing or enforcement purposes.

(e) ASBESTOS PROJECT means any activity involving the abatement, renovation, demolition, removal, salvage, clean up, or disposal of friable, asbestos-containing material. It includes the removal and disposal of stored, friable, asbestos-containing material or asbestos-containing waste material. It does not include the application of duct tape, rewettable glass cloth, canvas, cement, paint, or other non-asbestos materials to seal or fill exposed areas where asbestos fibers may be released.

(f) ASBESTOS SURVEY means a written report describing an inspection using the procedures contained in EPA regulations (40 CFR 763.86), or an alternate method that has received prior written approval from the Control Officer, to determine whether materials or structures to be worked on, renovated, removed, or demolished (including materials on the outside of structures) contain asbestos.

(g) ASPHALT SHINGLES means asphalt roofing in shingle form, composed of glass felt or felts impregnated and coated on both sides with asphalt, and surfaced on the weather side with mineral granules. Some asphalt shingle styles are commonly referred to as three-tab shingles.

(h) (((g))) COMPONENT means any equipment, pipe, structural member, or other item covered or coated with, or manufactured from, asbestos-containing material.

(i) (((h))) DEMOLITION means wrecking, razing, leveling, dismantling, or burning of a structure, making the structure permanently uninhabitable or unusable.

(j) (((i))) FRIABLE, ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIAL means asbestos-containing material that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act upon the material in the course of demolition, renovation, or disposal. Such materials include, but are not limited to, thermal system insulation, surfacing material, and cement asbestos products.

(k) (((j))) LEAK-TIGHT CONTAINER means a dust-tight and liquid-tight container, at least 6-mil thick, that encloses asbestos-containing waste material and prevents solids or liquids from escaping or spilling out. Such containers may include sealed plastic bags, metal or fiber drums, and sealed polyethylene plastic.

(l) (((k))) NONFRIABLE, ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIAL means asbestos-containing material that, when dry, cannot be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure or by the forces expected to act on the material in the course of demolition, renovation, or disposal.

(m) (((l))) RENOVATION means altering a facility or a component in any way, except demolition.

(n) (((m))) SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE means any non-multiple unit building containing space for uses such as living, sleeping, preparation of food, and eating that is used by one family who owns the property as their domicile. This term includes houses, mobile homes, trailers, detached garages, houseboats, and houses with a "mother-in-law apartment" or "guest room". This term does not include rental property or multiple-family units, nor does this term include any mixed-use building, structure, or installation that contains a residential unit.

(o) (((n))) SURFACING MATERIAL means material that is sprayed-on, troweled-on, or otherwise applied to surfaces including, but not limited to, acoustical plaster on ceilings, paints, fireproofing materials on structural members, or other materials on surfaces for decorative purposes.

(p) (((o))) SUSPECT ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIAL means material that has historically contained asbestos including, but not limited to, surfacing material, thermal system insulation, roofing material (excluding asphalt shingles), fire barriers, gaskets, flooring material, and cement siding.

(q) (((p))) THERMAL SYSTEM INSULATION means material applied to pipes, fittings, boilers, tanks, ducts, or other structural components to prevent heat loss or gain.



(a) General Requirements

It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any work on an asbestos project or demolition unless a complete notification, including the appropriate nonrefundable fee and any additional information requested by the Control Officer, has been submitted to the Agency in accordance with the waiting period and fee requirements in Section 4.03(d) of this regulation. Except for the annual notification requirements in Section ((4.03 (a)(8))) 4.03 (a)(7) of this regulation, the notification must be submitted on approved forms through the Agency website.

(1) The duration of an asbestos project shall be commensurate with the amount of work involved.

(2) Notification is not required for asbestos projects involving less than 10 linear feet of friable, asbestos-containing material on pipes and/or 48 square feet of friable, asbestos-containing material on other components (per structure, building, or vessel, per calendar year).

(3) Notification is not required for removal and disposal of nonfriable, asbestos-containing material.

(4) Notification is required for all demolitions involving structures with a projected roof area greater than 120 square feet, even if no asbestos-containing material is present.

(5) All demolitions require a 10-day waiting period unless waived under Section 4.03 (c)(1) of this regulation.

(6) A printout of the notification, all amendments to the notification, and the asbestos survey shall be available for inspection at all times at the asbestos project or demolition site.

(((7) A notification for multiple asbestos projects or demolitions may be submitted on one form if the structures are located in a contiguous area.))

(7) (((8))) Annual Notification

A property owner may file one annual notification for asbestos projects to be conducted on one or more structures, vessels, or buildings during each calendar year if all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The annual notification shall be filed with the Agency before commencing work on any asbestos project included in an annual notification;

(B) The total amount of asbestos-containing material for all asbestos projects from each structure, vessel, or building in a calendar year under this section is less than 260 linear feet on pipes and/or less than 160 square feet on other components; and

(C) The property owner submits quarterly written reports to the Control Officer on Agency-approved forms within 15 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

(b) Amendments

(1) An amendment shall be submitted to the Control Officer in a notification through the Agency website for the following changes and shall be accompanied by the appropriate nonrefundable fee as set forth in Section 4.03(d) of this regulation:

(A) Changes between asbestos and demolition project types;

(B) Increases in the job size category that increase the fee;

(C) Changes in the start date; or

(D) Changes in the completion date.

(2) Amendments may not be used to add or change project site addresses listed on a previously submitted notification.

(c) Emergencies

(1) The waiting period may be waived if an asbestos project or demolition must be conducted immediately because of any of the following:

(A) There was a sudden, unexpected event that resulted in a public health or safety hazard;

(B) The project must proceed immediately to protect equipment, ensure continuous vital utilities, or minimize property damage;

(C) Asbestos-containing materials were encountered that were not identified during the asbestos survey; or

(D) The project must proceed to avoid imposing an unreasonable burden.

(2) The waiting period and fees may be waived for disposal of abandoned, (without the knowledge or consent of the property owner) friable, asbestos-containing material by written approval of the Control Officer.

(d) Waiting Period and Fees

Project Waiting






Single-Family Residence:
Asbestos Project prior written


Demolition (with or without asbestos project) 10 days $0 $75
Other than Single-Family Residence:
less than 10 linear ft and/or

less than 48 square ft

10 days

for demolition

$0 $75
10 - 259 linear ft and/or

48 - 159 square ft

prior written


for asbestos

10 days

for demolition

260 - 999 linear ft and/or

160 - 4,999 square ft

10 days $250 $75
1,000+ linear ft and/or 5,000+ square ft 10 days $750 $100
Emergency - 4.03(c)* prior written


applicable fees + $50
Amendment - 4.03(b) prior written


applicable fees + $25
Annual Notice of Intent - ((4.03 (a)(8))) 4.03 (a)(7) prior written



*Single-family residences are exempt from the emergency fee.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office