Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia has adopted by reference the NESHAP for asbestos. The state has additional asbestos licensing and disposal requirements, as well as more stringent notification and work practice requirements. Georgia also follows the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act that requires schools to monitor asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
• Administration and enforcement. The Land Protection Branch of DNR's EPD has authority to administer the NESHAP regulations and state asbestos rules, including processing notifications, issuing licenses, and approving training courses. As of March 20, 2009, DNR relinquished inspection and enforcement authority for asbestos projects to EPA due to state budget constraints.
OSHA's Region 4 office administers federal standards regarding asbestos exposure in the workplace and in construction areas.
As of July 1, 1996, all contractors must obtain a license from DNR before engaging in the removal or encapsulation of friable ACM from any facility or residential dwelling in the state. To obtain a license, the applicant must submit a fee with the appropriate application forms from DNR. The application must include information sufficient to demonstrate:
- Satisfactory completion of an initial training course in the removal and abatement of asbestos. The initial training course must have been completed within 48 months before submittal of the application.
- Reliability in performance of general contracting activities.
- Prior experience in performing asbestos abatement activities, as demonstrated by the submission of information that the applicant has successfully completed or ...