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Superfund

Asbestos at Superfund Sites: Technical Assistance

The Technical Review Workgroup for Metals and Asbestos' (TRW) goal is to support and promote consistent application of the best science in the field of risk assessment for metals and asbestos at contaminated sites nationwide. The TRW is composed of three committees: the Lead Committee, the Asbestos Committee and the Bioavailability Committee.

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Asbestos Committee Mission

The Asbestos Committee provides technical support for questions concerning the assessment, removal or remediation of asbestos contamination at Superfund sites.


Expertise of the Asbestos Committee

The principal members of the Asbestos Committee are technical staff from:

  • EPA Regions
  • Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) Headquarters
  • Office of Research and Development (ORD)

Asbestos Committee members generally have an active interest and recognized scientific expertise in human health risk assessment.

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Annual Reports

TRW Asbestos Committee Annual Reports describe the actions taken by the committee during the past year. The reports summarize the committee’s accomplishments and activities and provide a list of current committee members.

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Accessing the Asbestos Committee

Regional and state risk assessors and project managers may submit written or electronic requests for TRW Asbestos Committee review to the TRW Asbestos Committee’s co-chairs:

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Response from the Asbestos Committee

The time required for the Asbestos Committee to complete a site-specific review will depend on the nature of the request and the extent of the review requested (i.e., a brief consultation or a thorough, in-depth review). Because the Asbestos Committee meets monthly via teleconference, a substantial request for assistance should be submitted at least two months prior to a desired response.

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TRW Hotline

Questions may be submitted to the TRW hotline in either of the following ways:

  • For asbestos questions, e-mail asbestoshelp@epa.gov.
  • Call the toll-free TRW hotline at 866-282-8622. If a hotline staff member is not available, please leave a voicemail message.

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