During 2012, the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) developed and released a proposal to shift and streamline its current management and oversight of asbestos abatement activities, with an eye toward focusing limited state resources on the highest priority matters. 

Building owners, asbestos abatement contractors, waste managers, municipal officials, and others affected by state asbestos requirements provided the agency with feedback through this workgroup to help ensure that any changes made would better protect public health and the environment, simplify the regulatory process, and be workable in real world situations. 

The resulting MassDEP regulatory reform proposal would:

  • Create more flexible requirements for abatement of non-friable asbestos-containing materials conducted by homeowners at their owner-occupied residences;
  • Allow businesses and institutions more flexibility to establish operation and maintenance standards for small-scale asbestos abatement projects; and
  • Provide greater clarity and a mechanism for businesses and institutions to receive permits for alternative work practices when traditional asbestos abatement is not feasible.

With these regulatory changes, MassDEP would focus its asbestos inspections primarily on highly sensitive asbestos abatement projects where the risk of exposure is greatest, and on working with municipal building departments to provide outreach about proper asbestos management practices and requirements.

For additional information, see: Proposed Asbestos & Solid Waste Regulation Reform Amendments

Meetings of the Asbestos Industry Stakeholder Workgroup

The workgroup last met in January 2012. No additional meetings have been scheduled.

For Additional Information

Contact Jim McQuade: 508-767-2759 or james.mcquade@state.ma.us