Virginia Asbestos regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Asbestos: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos: 40 CFR 61.140 to 61.157, 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 5-60-70 and 16 VAC 25-30

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Asbestos abatement: 18 VAC 15-20-10 to 15-20-880 and 16 VAC 25-20-10 to 16 VAC 25-20-40

Licensing requirements: 18 VAC 15-20-10 to 15-20-880

Notification requirements: 16 VAC 25-20-30

Emergency asbestos projects: 16 VAC 25-20-30

Disposal of asbestos waste: 9 VAC 20-80-640


Worker training: 18 VAC 15-20-710 to 15-20-730

Supervisor training: 18 VAC 15-20-740 to 15-20-760

Inspector training: 18 VAC 15-20-770 to 15-20-790

Management Planner training: 18 VAC 15-20-800 to 15-20-820

Project Designer training: 18 VAC 15-20-830 to 15-20-850

Project Monitor training: 18 VAC 15-20-860 to 15-20-880

Workplace safety and health: 16 VAC 25-90-1910 and 16 VAC 25-175-1926

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Program (VOSH Program)

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos Licensing

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia follows the federal requirements, specifically the asbestos NESHAP, for asbestos management, notification, work practice requirements, and training requirements. However, in selected instances the state requirements may be more stringent that the corresponding federal requirement. In addition, the state charges certification and notification fees and regulates asbestos transportation and disposal.

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