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PUBLIC LAW 99-000—MMMM. DD, 1986

100 STAT. 2970

PUBLIC LAW 99-519—OCT. 22, 1986

Public Law 99-519 99th Congress

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To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations requiring inspection for asbestos-containing material in the Nation's schools, development of eisbestos management plans for gygjj schools, response actions with respect to friable asbestos-containing material in such schools, and for other purposes. ^_,,.4, • .• ' ,.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Response Act ofl986.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

protection 15 USC 2601

This Act may be cited as the "Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986".

note. 15 USC 2601

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SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT.

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The Toxic Substances Control Act is amended by adding at the end the following new title: "TITLE II—ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE 15 USC 2641.

"SEC. 201. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

"(a) FINDINGS.—The Congress finds the following: •' • ^•*' "(1) The Environmental Protection Agency's rule on local educational agency inspection for, and notification of, the presence of friable asbestos-containing material in school buildings includes neither standards for the proper identification of asbestos-containing material and appropriate response actions with respect to friable asbestos-containing material, nor a requirement that response actions with respect to friable asbestos-containing material be carried out in a safe and complete manner once actions are found to be necessary. As a result of the lack of regulatory guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, some schools have not undertaken response action while many others have undertaken expensive projects without knowing if their action is necessary, adequate, or safe. Thus, the danger of exposure to asbestos continues to exist in schools, and some exposure actually may have increased due to the lack of Federal standards and improper response action. "(2) There is no uniform program for accrediting persons involved in asbestos identification and abatement, nor are local educational agencies required to use accredited contractors for asbestos work. "(3) The guidance provided by the Environmental Protection Agency in its 'Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Material in Buildings' is insufficient in detail to ensure adequate responses. Such guidance is intended to be used only until the regulations required by this title become effective. "(4) Because there are no Federal standards whatsoever regulating daily exposure to asbestos in other public and commercial