Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NYCDEP Requesting Comments On Proposed Changes to Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos Rat in New York City
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is requesting comments regarding the amendments to Title 15 (the asbestos regulations).  These comments are due before December 6, 2010.  The link on the title will provide you the location of the amendments and to make comments on the amendments.   A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2010 at the NYCDEP, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 6th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, from 10:00 A.M. to 12 Noon.  Persons who have questions about the hearing should contact Belinda Pantina at (718) 595-6555.  Primary changes are made to the definition to clarify materials, the section on Alterations/Renovations/Modifications to include asbestos exemptions, the section on Asbestos Abatement Permits to detail what is included in a work place safety plan, section on Abatement from Vertical Exterior Surfaces was modified to provide guidance when abatement should not be performed, and to correct typographical errors and other small corrections.   An example of the changes includes the following:
  •  Asbestos Assessment Report. If the building (or portions thereof) affected by the work are free of asbestos-containing material or the amount of ACM to be abated constitutes a minor project, an asbestos assessment report (Form ACP-5) completed, signed, and sealed by a DEP-certified asbestos investigator, along with a fee of $[25]47.00 shall be submitted to [DOB] DEP prior to construction document approval and to any amendment of the construction document approval which increases the scope of the project to include (a) work area(s) not previously covered.
Note that the fee is now $47 for the asbestos assessment report and the form must be submitted to the DEP not the Building Department.  This is an example of the changes in the document those things underline are new and those bracketted are deleted.  Remember afte rreading it if you want to make comments you have till December 6, 2010 to make those comments.
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1 comment:

Carol Cavanaugh said...

Ah, I'm too let to them know my comments but I guess I can make them known here.
In the buildings, in the schools, it's terrible, and they need to regulate against it as much as possible.
Do you remember two years ago, about asbestos in New York City schools? http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos-whistleblower-nyc_1936212.html Here's a refresher.