Numerous sites are contaminated with asbestos. In the past, EPA regulations have specified that response actions are to be taken when materials containing greater than 1 percent asbestos are present. However, a new policy has been issued which recommends development of site-specific, risk-based action levels to determine if response actions should be taken when asbestos levels below 1 percent are found at a site. Because of this change in policy, managers of Superfund and other hazardous waste sites need a ready source of technical information to inform site decisions.
The EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation has created this Asbestos Compendium of Technical Resources. The Compendium is a useful resource when implementing the Framework for Investigating Asbestos-Contaminated Superfund Sites (PDF) (71 pp, 849K) OSWER Directive 9200.0-68, September 2008. This web-based resource provides site managers with easy access to asbestos-related information, tools, and resources, including:
Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Investigation, Risk, Removal, and Remediation
Laws, Regulations and National Policy Directives
Sampling and Analysis
Outreach and Communication
Further Information and Web-Based Asbestos Resources
Glossary of Asbestos-related Terms and Acronyms
For the EPA Asbestos page, click here.