Idaho Asbestos Regulations
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been used in a variety of building materials to increase strength and fire resistance. Everyday exposure to asbestos-containing materials isn't necessarily dangerous. However, asbestos is harmful because when fibers are disturbed—most typically through renovation or demolition projects—they become an airborne toxin that can lodge in lung tissue and cause serious illnesses. Prolonged exposure to asbestos has been shown to significantly increase the likelihood of serious diseases, including a chronic lung disease known as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and several other types of cancer.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has categorized asbestos as a toxin, and has implemented regulations to protect the public from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Many states, including Idaho, have adopted portions of the federal environmental regulations regarding asbestos. Read on to learn more about Idaho asbestos regulations.
Idaho Regulations at a Glance
The table below explains key aspects of Idaho's asbestos regulations.
§ Administrative Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho
Asbestos Regulatory Agencies
§ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
§ Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Asbestos Removal Regulations
Asbestos Abatement and Disposal
Amendments to the federal Clean Air Act categorize facilities and sources of air pollution by tiers. This law defines Tier I facilities as major sources of air pollutions, and requires special permitting for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials from such large industrial sources. Idaho has adopted these federal permit requirements.
Idaho requires that notification of any renovation or demolition taking place at Tier I facility be sent to the Idaho DEQ Asbestos Compliance Analyst. Notice of any asbestos abatement activities occurring at a non-Tier I facility must be provided to the EPA Asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Coordinator.
Certification and Licensure
Idaho does not operate a state asbestos certification program. A current certification obtained from any other state's asbestos program that also meets the EPA's standards is acceptable for conducting asbestos-related activities in Idaho.
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.
Related Asbestos Resources
- Idaho Accident and Injury Laws
- What Is Asbestos?
- What is Asbestos and Mesothelioma Law?
- Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits and Liability
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