Not too long ago, virtually all buildings used materials that contained a fibrous mineral called asbestos for its fire-resistant properties. The mineral is naturally occurring, versatile, and relatively cheap. But in the early 1980s, its severe health risks were confirmed -- inhalation of the fibers can cause cancer, among other illnesses -- and use of the mineral came to a halt. But even though it hasn't been added to new products for decades, it continues to hide in old buildings, shipyards, manufacturing plants, and other areas where it was once used. It's usually not a problem if left undisturbed, but typically becomes airborne when older buildings are renovated or demolished.
That is why Washington and other states have enacted strict regulations for the removal of asbestos and construction or demolition projects where asbestos may be exposed. Below is a summary of these regulations.
Washington 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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