EPA works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental including asbestos laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs including the regulation of asbestos, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist the states and tribes in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality.
EPA has 10 regional offices around the nation to facilitate its enforcing environmental laws and work with the local state agencies. The clickable map below outlines the boundaries between each region. When you click your appropriate region, you’ll be taking the region’s website directly, where you can find contact information and other useful information.
Other Federal Agencies Have Regulations and Play a Role in Asbestos
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work. Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated.
OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined.
Under U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA's Role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. In that law, Congress directed the Commission to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products including asbestos-containing products.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH maintains a listing of Asbestos publications. NIOSH's publications may be of interest to the general public but are targeted specifically to occupational safety and health issues.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the US Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurements, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. NIST maintains a listing of accredited asbestos laboratories under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).
NIST maintains a
list of accredited laboratories for PLM asbestos testing among other listings.
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
MSHA is currently developing a website covering asbestos issues as they relate to mining activities. The mission of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is to administer the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and to enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accidents; to minimize health hazards; and to promote improved safety and health conditions in the Nation's mines. MSHA carries out the mandates of the Mine Act at all mining and mineral processing operations in the United States, regardless of size, number of employees, commodity mined, or method of extraction.
Regulatory Agencies at the State Level (State of Washington as an example)
WISHA, administered by the state's Department of Labor and Industries, is Washington State's occupational safety and health program, designed to assure, so far as reasonable possible, safe and healthful working conditions for all workers in the state. Established in 1973 when the Legislature passed the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, WISHA is administered by the state's Department of Labor and Industries.
Federal OSHA approves, monitors and partially funds "state plan" programs. The OSH Act requires state plans to be at least as effective as OSHA.
In most counties, asbestos is regulated by local air pollution control agencies, or clean air agencies. However, the Washington State Department of Ecology provides these services for other counties that are beyond the jurisdiction of any local clean air agencies..
The map below shows the jurisdictions boundaries of the local clean air agencies, the Department of Ecology and the Tribes.
Listed below are the contact information for each clean air agencies and Department of Ecology regional offices.
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (Clallam, Grays
Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, Thurston Counties)
2940 B Limited Lane NW
Olympia WA 98502
Richard Stedman, Executive Director
Telephone: (360) 586-1044 or 1-800-422-5623
Fax: (360) 491-6308; E-mail: email@example.com
Dept. of Ecology ?Northwest Regional Office
(San Juan County)
3190-160th Avenue SE
Bellevue WA 98008-5452
Telephone: (425) 649-7000
Fax: (425) 649-7098, TTY: 1-800-833-6388
Northwest Air Pollution Authority
(Island, Skagit, Whatcom Counties)
1600 South Second Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5202
Mark Asmundson, Director
Telephone: (360) 428-1617
Telephone: 1-800-622-4627 (Island & Whatcom)
Fax: (360) 428-1620; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
(King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish Counties)
1904 Third Avenue, Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98101-3317
Telephone: (206) 343-8800 or 1-800-552-3565
Southwest Clean Air Agency
(Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Wahkiakum
11815 NE 99th Street, Suite 1294
Vancouver WA 98682
Robert D. Elliott, Executive Director
Telephone: (360) 574-3058 or 1-800-633-0709
Fax: (360) 576-0925;
Dept. of Ecology ?Central Regional Office
(Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan
15 West Yakima Avenue, Suite #200
Yakima, WA 98902-3401
Telephone: (509) 575-2490
Fax: (509) 575-2809, TTY: 1-800-833-6388
Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority
6 South 2nd Street, Room 1016
Yakima, WA 98901
Gary Pruitt, Director
Telephone: (509) 574-1410 or 1-800-540-6950
Fax: (509) 574-1411; E-mail: email@example.com
Dept. of Ecology ?Eastern Regional Office
(Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin,
Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens,
Walla Walla, Whitman Counties)
4601 N. Monroe Street,
Spokane, WA 99205-1295
Telephone: (509) 329-3502
Fax: (509) 329-3529, TTY: 1-800-833-6388
Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority
1101 West College Ave, Suite 403
Spokane, WA 99201
Bill Dameworth, Director
Telephone: (509) 477-4727
Fax: (509) 477-6828; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benton Clean Air Authority
114 Columbia Point Dr., Suite C
Richland, WA 99352-4387
Dave Lauer, Director
Telephone: (509) 943-3396
Fax: (509) 943-0505 or 943-2232; E-mail:
Telephone: (509) 945-4489 (Burn Ban Recording)