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Asbestos Control Program

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Asbestos Control Program (ACP) website.

Please feel free to share your comments with the program.

As delegated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Asbestos Control Act of Montana, DEQ administers regulatory requirements from sections of the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and Montana Administrative Rules, governing building renovations/demolitions, asbestos disposal and other asbestos-related activities. Asbestos is defined as a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals including chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and tremolite that presents a potential exposure and health hazard.

EPA maintains jurisdiction over asbestos in schools in Montana; however, schools are still subject to Montana asbestos statutes and rules. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) enforces its asbestos standards in the construction industry.

The regulated community of DEQ includes personnel accredited in an asbestos-related occupation (worker, contractor/supervisor, inspector, project designer and management planner), companies (consultants and contractors), and building owners.

Currently, there are three full-time employees and one half-time employee in the ACP. ACP is funded by fees collected from the issuance of asbestos project permits, accreditations, inspections, course reviews/approvals and audits, and the EPA.