Once thought of as the ultimate fire- and heat-resistant material for building construction, automobile brake pads, and other such applications, asbestos was quickly phased out after its serious health risks were confirmed. Although the naturally occurring, fibrous mineral may look harmless, its fibers can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma if inhaled into the lungs. Fortunately, asbestos rarely becomes airborne and typically only when an old building is renovated or demolished -- which is why states and the District of Columbia regulate activities in which asbestos is removed, destroyed, or otherwise exposed.
Below are the basics of Washington, D.C.'s asbestos regulations, including links to forms and other relevant resources.
Washington, D.C. Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
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Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Even though asbestos is no longer approved for use in new building projects, plenty of the deadly fibers remain in old buildings and other locations where asbestos was heavily used. If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos or have developed an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Learn more by having an attorney evaluate your situation for free.
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