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The Division of Air Quality's Asbestos Abatement Program was implemented to protect public health. Asbestos is the cause of asbestosis, as well as a rare form of lung cancer. The abatement program regulates the removal, transport, and disposal of asbestos in the state. Asbestos-containing materials were widely used in industrial and commercial facilities as well as in homes until the early 1980s. Asbestos, a naturally-occurring durable mineral mined from the earth, was used to insulate heating ducts and to make roofing tiles and siding material.

Before removing asbestos-containing materials during renovation or demolition of a structure containing asbestos, owners are advised (and may be required) to have an inspection by a Delaware licensed asbestos inspector. Additionally, owners or asbestos and/or demolition contractors must notify USEPA (and DNREC, as required) at least 10 business days prior to any activity which may disturb asbestos-containing materials. Finally, asbestos-containing materials may only be transported by approved hazardous waste haulers, and disposed of in approved disposal facilities. Under certain conditions, homeowners may remove asbestos containing materials themselves.

Facility owners and fire companies conducting demolitions for fire training must meet the permit and notification requirements outlined in the Delaware Open Burning Program.

For information on asbestos management and demolition or renovation forms or procedures in Delaware:

Asbestos Management & Control Program
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
State Street Commons
100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A
Dover, DE 19904

Attn: Colin Gomes (email:

For information on asbestos disposal locations and waste haulers:

Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste Section
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Attn: Karen J’Anthony (email: )

For information on Delaware Licensed Asbestos Inspection Firms and Abatement Contractors:

 Office of Management & Budget
 Division of Facilities Management

 Attn: Doyle Tiller (email:

To submit Notification of Demolition or Renovation Form to USEPA:

Attn: Asbestos Coordinator
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

For more information contact:

Tom Postell
(302) 739-9402

Revised: 5/15/16

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