AQ 36: Non-Traditional Asbestos Abatement Work Practice Approval

This approval allows deviation from normal work practices under very specific conditions.
MassDEP will issue a decision within ten (10) working days of receiving your application.

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MassDEP Regional Offices Find Your Region 
Central Region: Gregg Levins, 508-767-2768 gregory.levins@state.ma.us 
Northeast Region: John Macauley, 978-694-3262 john.macauley@state.ma.us 
Southeast Region: Cynthia Baran, 508-946-2887 cynthia.baran@state.ma.us 
Western Region: Marc Simpson, 413-755-2115 marc.simpson@state.ma.us 
Boston Office: Mike Elliott, 617-292-5575 michael.elliott@state.ma.us 
eDEP Online Filing Questions baw.edep@state.ma.us 

The Details

Fees

Name Fee Unit
AQ 36: Non-Traditional Work Practice Approval $600 Per Project

How to apply

See details below.

Next steps

  1. What to Know

    Non-Traditional Asbestos Abatement Work Practices are practices that differ from those required by 310 CMR 7.15 (the MassDEP Asbestos Regulation) and are needed to address specific situations in which the prescribed practices cannot be implemented safely (e.g., before demolition of a fire-damaged building; or in areas near high-voltage electrical equipment and other situations where wetting would be dangerous).

    Before proceeding with Non-Traditional Asbestos Abatement Work Practices, you must persuade MassDEP that they will:

    • Not discharge visible emissions of asbestos to the outside air,
    • Keep asbestos containing materials and wastes adequately wet (where appropriate) until they are placed and sealed into containers for transport to a disposal facility, 
    • Comply with all other applicable requirements of 310 CMR 7.15, and
    • Be consistent all other applicable federal, state, and local requirements.
  2. Review the Instructions

    Guidance on how to prepare and submit your application.

  3. Complete Your Application

    You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word form on your computer. The PDF version has to be printed out and completed by hand.

  4. Submit Your Application & Payment to MassDEP

    a. Send your original application form to the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office, Attn: Asbestos Program. Follow the link below for a listing of regional offices by community.

    b. Send a copy of your application form and payment ($600 check payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) to:

    MassDEP
    P.O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211

    If you are sending your fee payment via private or overnight delivery service, please address them to:

    MassDEP Asbestos Program
    One Winter Street
    Boston, MA 02108-4747

    Notes:

    • Private delivery services cannot deliver to a P.O. box.
    • MassDEP will return your submittal it if it is found to be incomplete.
  5. Wait for MassDEP Approval

    MassDEP will issue an approval or denial within ten (10) working days of receiving your application and finding it administratively and technically complete. In the case of an emergency situation, the agency will strive to issue an approval or denial within two (2) business days of receiving an application.

    If MassDEP finds your application incomplete, the agency will request additional information and give you 30 calendar days to respond.

    After you submit the requested information, MassDEP will have ten (10) working days to issue an approval or denial. 

  6. Submit an Asbestos Removal Notification

    Once you have obtained a Non-Traditional Asbestos Abatement Work Practice Approval from MassDEP, you will need to file an AQ 04 (ANF-001): Asbestos Removal Notification that references your Non-Traditional Work Practice Approval and wait ten (10) working days before you can begin work.

  7. Start Your Project

    You may begin asbestos removal work only after the waiting period of ten (10) working days specified by the MassDEP asbestos regulation (310 CMR 7.15) has elapsed. Starting early is a violation and may result in enforcement action, including financial penalties.

    If you are unable to wait ten (10) working days before starting work, you must obtain an emergency waiver of the notification requirement. Contact MassDEP for additional information.

    You must begin work on and complete work by the “start” and "end" dates indicated in your notification. If you plan to change either or both of these dates, you MUST file a notification revision.

Contact

Online
MassDEP Regional Offices Find Your Region 
Central Region: Gregg Levins, 508-767-2768 gregory.levins@state.ma.us 
Northeast Region: John Macauley, 978-694-3262 john.macauley@state.ma.us 
Southeast Region: Cynthia Baran, 508-946-2887 cynthia.baran@state.ma.us 
Western Region: Marc Simpson, 413-755-2115 marc.simpson@state.ma.us 
Boston Office: Mike Elliott, 617-292-5575 michael.elliott@state.ma.us 
eDEP Online Filing Questions baw.edep@state.ma.us 

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