Asbestos was once used throughout homes and buildings, since the naturally occurring mineral is heat and fire resistant and easily manipulated into a variety of products. But asbestos also has the potential to cause serious illnesses and death when inhaled into the lungs. In addition to asbestosis -- a severe scarring of the lungs that causes chronic cough and irritation -- and lung cancer, asbestos also can cause an aggressive and terminal form of cancer called mesothelioma. People most vulnerable to dangerous levels of exposure generally are those who worked with the substance on a daily basis, including building demolition workers and some factory workers. However, it's not clear just what level of exposure can lead to cancer.
Although the mineral's use has been banned, it remains hidden in old buildings, brake pads, and other manufactured materials, in addition to environmental contamination near asbestos mines. The following is an overview of Illinois' asbestos regulations, which pertain mostly to the removal and handling of asbestos.
Illinois Asbestos Regulations at a Glance
|Statutes||Illinois Administrative Code: Title 77, Chapter 855 (Asbestos Abatement for Public and Private Schools and Commercial and Public Buildings in Illinois)|
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Owners and operators subject to the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) are required to submit a $150 fee along with a Demolition/Renovation/Asbestos Project Notification Form 10 working days in advance of commencing a regulated asbestos demolition or renovation project.
Additional regional regulations:
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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If you have been (or believe you may have been) exposed to asbestos, perhaps at your worksite, you may be at risk for developing serious illnesses. In some cases, you may have a valid claim against another party for your illnesses. Learn more by talking to an Illinois personal injury lawyer.
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