The naturally occurring and plentiful mineral asbestos was once used in building construction, ship building, the manufacturing of automotive brake pads, and in other industries where fire-resistance is critical. While the use of asbestos can be traced back roughly 1,000 years, its use multiplied during the building boom of the early 20th century. But since it was determined that asbestos is responsible for a number of potentially fatal illnesses, including lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer effecting the linings of internal organs), it was eventually banned. Unfortunately, it still remains in old buildings, certain factories, and other locations where it has the potential to cause harm when disturbed and released into the air.
That is why Florida and other states have strict regulations for the handling and/or removal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos does not occur naturally in Florida, so there are no asbestos mines to worry about, but it was regularly shipped to the state for processing (and used in construction). As such, anyone involved in demolition or renovation of older buildings is required to give notice and follow certain procedures.
Florida Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers an asbestos removal program, requiring prior notification to the DEP on the removal of threshold amounts of asbestos from certain types of facilities.
Notification must be made at least 10 days in advance of the demolition or asbestos removal project.
As defined in the regulation, a "facility" is any institutional, commercial, public, industrial or residential structure,
Any building, structure or installation that contains a loft used as a
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