Asbestos

There are changes coming to the asbestos program. Refer to the information below, as well as this Ohio EPA fact sheet and the Ohio EPA Asbestos website

What is the role of the Agency?

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is responsible for enforcing state and federal asbestos NESHAP regulations in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren counties. Regulations governing asbestos emission control from demolition, renovation, and waste disposal activities include the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 40 CFR 61.145 and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-20.

What constitutes a demolition or renovation activity?

An operation is a demolition if the overall project involves the wrecking or removing of any load-bearing structural member of a facility regardless of whether or not regulated asbestos containing materials (RACM) are present. Related operations such as removal of demolition rubble or intentional burning are also subject to demolition requirements.
An operation is a renovation if the overall project does not include demolition activities, but does involve altering a facility in any way, including stripping, removing or disturbing RACM on facility components.

What types of projects require notification?

The owner or operator of a demolition project must notify for all demolitions involving institutional, commercial, public, industrial, or residential structures, installations, or buildings. This includes bridges, tunnels, apartments with more than four dwelling units, homes which are part of a development project (not privately owned), partial demolitions, churches, power plants, parking garages, and farms. Privately owned homes, residential structures with four or fewer dwelling units, and mobile sources are exempt from having to submit a notification form, unless one or both of the following two conditions exist: (1) More than one residential structure or private home is undergoing demolition as part of the same project; and/or (2) The demolition is being conducted using state and federal funds as part of an urban renewal project. If one or both of the above numbered conditions exist, privately owned homes, residential structures with four or fewer dwelling units, and mobile sources are required to submit a notification form. 

The owner or operator of a renovation project must notify when the amount of RACM stripped, removed, dislodged, cut, drilled, or otherwise disturbed exceeds 260 linear feet, 160 square feet, or 35 cubic feet off facility components. These amounts are a cumulative total of all work that is performed over the course of a calendar year.

Where do I find an Ohio EPA Renovation and Demolition Notification?

The current Ohio EPA notification form may be obtained at the Ohio EPA Asbestos webpage.  Starting January 5, 2018, demolition and renovation/abatement notifications may be submitted to Ohio EPA online via its eBusiness Center. 

Do I need to submit an Ohio EPA Renovation and Demolition Notification?

Through December 31, 2017: Per OAC Chapter 3745-20, a notification must be submitted for all demolition projects, including residential where the building contains more than four dwelling units or if more than one building will be knocked down at the project address. A notification must also be submitted for any renovation project where the amount of regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) being removed exceeds the threshold amounts of 260 linear feet, 160 square feet or 35 cubic yards.

Beginning January 1, 2018: Per OAC Chapter 3745-22, a notification must be submitted for all renovation/abatement projects where the amount of asbestos being removed exceeds the threshold quantities of 50 linear feet or 50 square feet. 

Additionally, per OAC Chapter 3745-20, a notification must be submitted for all demolition projects, including residential where the building contains more than four dwelling unit, even if the building does not contain asbestos. A notification must be submitted for any renovation project where the amount of regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) being removed exceeds the threshold amounts of 260 linear feet, 160 square feet or 35 cubic yards

In some instances, a project will be required to submit a notification per both OAC Chapters 3745-20 and 3745-22. The new combined Ohio EPA Demolition and Renovation/Abatement notification form covers both rules. 
 
Where should I submit an Ohio EPA Renovation and Demolition Notification?

Through December 20, 2017: The completed hard copy notifications should be mailed or hand-delivered to: Ken Wilkins, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, 250 William Howard Taft Road – First Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

From December 21, 2017 through January 4, 2018: Mail hard copy notifications to: Asbestos Program, Ohio EPA DAPC, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

Hand-deliver hard copy notifications to: Asbestos Program, Ohio EPA, 50 West Towne Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 
 
Starting January 5, 2018: Demolition and renovation/abatement notifications may be submitted to Ohio EPA online via its eBusiness Center. 

Hard copies may be mailed to: Asbestos Program, Ohio EPA DAPC, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. 

Hard copies may be hand-delivered to: Asbestos Program, Ohio EPA, 50 West Towne Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 
 
What fees are associated with the Ohio EPA Renovation and Demolition Notification?
 
Through December 20, 2017: When submitting an original hard copy notification to Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, include a check or money order for $100 made payable to Treasurer of Hamilton County. Ohio EPA will bill a separate fee for the local fee.

As of December 21, 2017: The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency will no longer accept direct payments. The Agency will issue bills on a quarterly basis for the total number of original Ohio EPA Demolition and Renovation/Abatement Notifications received. These bills will be sent around the tenth of each month following the end of the quarter (January 10, April 10, July 10, and October 10). Payment should be submitted within 10 days of receiving this bill.

Payment of fees due to Ohio EPA will be required when the notification is submitted. Submittal of an electronic notification will not be allowed unless payment is made. Hard copy notifications will not be accepted without accompanying payment of the Ohio EPA fee. 

Who should submit the Ohio EPA Demolition and Renovation Notification?


Either the owner or contractor may submit the notification. The submitter should be the person who signs the notification. Please see the Ohio EPA Asbestos webpage for information regarding obtaining the necessary electronic signature to be able to use the online demolition and renovation/abatemement notification form.