I've been getting a kind of secret thrill when I repair people's slate siding
shingles, because they usually are the kind who can't afford a complete
siding job and anyway don't want to get involved in the murky and possibly
dangerous (legally and healthwise) world of hazardous substances. The
original shingles do have a high asbestos content. The reason for the thrill
is that I can offer them the choice of repair, ending up with some very happy
customers. ("Didn't think they made those
anymore!") GAF makes the shingles, identical to to the original only no
asbestos, I believe the material is ferrocement. I haven't looked into
local ordinances or checked with the EPA and was hoping to find out here
if there is any controversy over what I'm doing in just replacing these
shingles in small quantity, maybe as much as 2 squares on any given
job. I'm sure there are rules at least concerning disposal, if not removal.
The removal method by default doesn't involve much dust, because great
care has to be used to avoid cracking the good shingles.
I believe it is highly illegal for you to remove asbestos shingles for pay,
unless you have the proper liecences to do so!
I would not go around talking about it untill you know far sure! You may be
talking to an OSHA or EPA employee and end up with some major fines!
Whether it is one shingle or a whole house, it makes no differant to the
Do your research!
On the other hand, most places allow homeowners to do their own asbestos
removal. You just can not do it for someone else!
My first step will be going to the town
hall first. They could probably fill me in
on OSHA, too. The guv-mint is the
guv-mint, they didn't care if I was one
guy when they socked me $5,000.00
for sloppy recordkeeping when my
business was audited. Did you ever
hear the story about the eagle feather
that was in the suncatcher that some
devoted fan sent to Hillary Clinton?
OSHA might not but you are in violation of SARA title III rules and if
caught are subject to being looked at by other government pests. SARA
enforcement falls under the LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee ) which
includes all local emergency service providers (fire, police, EMS, EMA
(Local FEMA), Health dept., OSHA, etc. and local business reps,) all of
which can enforce the rules under EMA guidelines. If found in violation of
SARA Title III rules you are subject to $5000 a day per incident fines and
each day starts a new incident while the previous days incident gets another
5 grand tacked to it.
You would not believe what SARA covers saw one old man fined $5000 for
pouring motor oil on an ant hill.
You might check and see if your local community enforces SARA title III
rules and to what extent, if is left very much up to locals as to what they
do with the rules.
Talk to the gummint. In real-world terms what you're doing probably isn't
putting anybody at any kind of risk, but in bureaucrat-world terms you're
probably committing a crime more horrible than mass-murder. And
unfortunately the bureaucrats are the ones who are going to arrest you and
fine you and make they rest of your life miserable in countless petty ways.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
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