The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that it is providing flexibility on some asbestos requirements while still protecting public health in areas damaged by recent floods. Working with U.S. EPA, the DNR is reducing some asbestos reporting deadlines and providing options for asbestos inspections for renovation projects.
Due to the immediate need for entities to begin the cleanup process, the DNR will not require the ten-day waiting period on notifications for asbestos abatement, renovation, and demolition projects. However, the notification is required to be submitted no later than the workday following the start of the abatement, renovation, or demolition. In addition, entities will have the option to forgo the asbestos inspection requirement for renovations if all the material being disturbed is treated as asbestos containing material regardless of whether the material contains asbestos or not. This flexibility is being provided for structures impacted by the flooding in the counties under a disaster declaration by President Trump. All other asbestos requirements remain in effect.
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