If you’re considering a major renovation to your old home, or undertaking a complete knockdown rebuild, you will want to consider any asbestos or asbestos contaminated area very carefully. While the legal handling and removal of asbestos does present significant extra costs to your project, any attempt to move or dispose of asbestos and asbestos contaminated materials illegally will see NSW dumpers hit with massively increased fines after changes recently made to NSW government laws.
The USA’s EPA has recently enacted the Significant New Use Rule. This rule allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case by case basis. Unfortunately the new rule does not include the evaluation of exposure to asbestos in the air, ground or water. Asbestos has never been banned in the USA, however, it is tightly controlled.