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Beginning an Asbestos Project

Omaha Air Quality Control (OAQC) has been delegated the responsibility to achieve and maintain compliance with the federal asbestos NESHAP* Standard (40 CFR 61 Subpart M).

The asbestos NESHAP defines an asbestos project as:

1.    The removal of greater than 160 linear or 260 square feet (or a combination thereof) of Regulated Asbestos Containing Materials (RACM*)  from a commercial building


2.    When a commercial building is being demolished (even if no asbestos is being removed or ever has been present)  

An asbestos project (or demolition) requires the NESHAP notification to be submitted or postmarked at least 10 working days prior to the start of abatement or demolition.  It may be delivered by USPS, your choice of private carriers, or by hand to our offices Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Please note that the regulation does not permit faxed or electronic notification submittal.

If a commercial building is being renovated the presence, location, and quantity of all asbestos-containing materials (ACM*) that may be disturbed during the renovation must be identified before work begins.  Further requirements regarding this may be found in the OSHA regulations.  Prior to the demolition of a building, all RACM must be removed from the building.

Solitary residential structures containing four or fewer dwelling units that have never been a commercial property are exempt from asbestos NESHAP notification requirements unless the property will be used for commercial purposes after the abatement or demolition.  However, before the demolition of a single-family dwelling, all RACM must be properly removed and disposed of regardless of future use of the property.

Notification requirements for the state of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) and may be found on their website. Visit the NDHHS asbestos page.

Asbestos abatement is also regulated by AHERA regulations (40 CFR 763) and OSHA (29 CFR 1926.1101).  An understanding of these regulations is suggested before undertaking asbestos abatement or demolition.  

Revising the Asbestos NESHAP Notification

The asbestos NESHAP requires that if in the process of renovation, abatement, or demolition previously unaccounted for RACM is discovered and it is 20% or greater of the amount originally submitted, a revised asbestos NESHAP notification must be submitted as soon as possible.  Work may continue on the project.  Additionally, if a project’s start-date is delayed a revised asbestos NESHAP notification must be submitted.  

After an asbestos abatement is completed the disposal of asbestos-containing waste materials* is another regulated process.  The NDHHS website can provide information on proper waste disposal including asbestos-accepting landfills in the state of Nebraska.


Asbestos-containing materials - ACM – Any material containing greater than one percent asbestos

Asbestos-containing waste materials – includes not only the removed RACM but also any contaminated equipment such as filters from control devices

Friable Asbestos Material – any material containing more than 1% asbestos…that, when dry, can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. (40 CFR 61.141)

NESHAP – National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants, section 40 in the Code of Federal Register, part 61.

Presumed ACM – PACM – thermal system insulation and surfacing material found in buildings constructed no later than 1980 (29 CFR 1926.1101.b)

RACM – Regulated Asbestos Containing Materialfriable asbestos material* or non-friable asbestos-containing material which will be mechanically made friable through sanding, grinding, cutting, abrading, etc.

Renovation – Altering a facility or one or more facility components in any way, including the stripping or removal of RACM from a facility component.  Operations in which load-supporting structural members are wrecked or taken out are demolitions (40 CFR 61.141)

Asbestos Forms and Resources

*If you have trouble reading or accessing the documents on this page, please contact OAQC at 402-444-6015.*