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Asbestos Control Program

Program Overview

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. 

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.

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Asbestos is a name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals including chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and tremolite.  Asbestos has been used in a variety of products for many different purposes. Asbestos is a health hazard and causes asbestos-related illnesses. For more information, see below or view our basic informational brochure: Think Asbestos

In 1989, the Montana Legislature identified the need for state-specific asbestos regulation. To prevent unnecessary public exposure to asbestos, the Asbestos Control Program (ACP) was established to regulate and establish criteria for asbestos projects and training/accreditation.

An "Asbestos project" means the encapsulation, enclosure, removal, repair, renovation, placement in new construction, demolition of asbestos in a building or other structure, or the transportation or disposal of asbestos-containing waste. The term does not include a project that involves less than ten square feet in surface area, three linear feet of pipe or three cubic feet of other material. Asbestos projects require project permits, the use of accredited personnel and proper project control measures.

The regulated community of the Asbestos Control Program includes personnel accredited in an asbestos-related occupation (worker, contractor/supervisor, inspector, project designer and management planner), contractors, and commercial building owners. A list The Program is funded by fees collected from the issuance of asbestos project permits, accreditations, inspections, course reviews/approvals and audits, and the EPA.

Updated 06/21/2021

Contacts

Asbestos Program 

 

Asbestos Control Program
Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Main Number
(406) 444-5300

Fax Number
(406) 444-1376

General Inbox
deqacponline@mt.gov


Env. Science Specialist
John Benoit (406) 444-5286

Env. Science Specialist
Cassie Mann (406) 444-1417

Env. Science Specialist
Greg Kurvink (406) 444-1436

Data Control Technician
Amanda Allen (406) 444-2886

Section Supervisor
Denise Brunett (406) 444-4096

Basic Information

Asbestos Basics

The Asbestos Control Program oversees the permitting of asbestos abatement projects, the accreditation of asbestos-related occupations, the approval and auditing of asbestos training course providers. As public servants, we strive to provide educational outreach and compliance assistance to protect the regulated community and the public. The Department is also delegated by EPA to administer the asbestos National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), 40 CFR Part 61 Subpart A, and Subpart M, National Emission Standard for Asbestos. The asbestos NESHAP governs a host of asbestos emission sources including building renovation and demolition activities and asbestos landfills.


What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals, including six regulated forms: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite. The word asbestos is derived from the Greek language meaning inextinguishable.


How Is Asbestos Used and Where Would You Find It?

 

Asbestos has been used in a variety of materials and applications for purposes of reinforcement, heat and cold insulation, condensation control, friction, fire protection, sound dampening, decoration, texturing, chemical resistance, and other applications. Asbestos was used in more than 3,500 types of materials. Some materials, such as vermiculite, might be naturally contaminated with asbestos. Materials which contain more than 1 percent asbestos are called asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Typically, asbestos is found in thermal system insulation such as pipe and boiler insulation, surfacing material such as fireproofing and wallboard, and miscellaneous materials such as floor and ceiling tiles. In America, asbestos was used in a variety of materials from the late 1800s to the present, but its use has declined over recent decades. However, asbestos products are not banned from being installed in the U.S. Certain materials such as floor tile, linoleum, adhesives, roofing products, and clutch and brake assemblies, might contain asbestos. Prior to purchasing products or materials, determine whether asbestos is present. For more information on the asbestos ban and phase out, visit www.epa.gov/asbestos. ACMs are currently used widely in developing countries.

You will hear the terms "friable" and "non-friable" asbestos-containing materials used. EPA's NESHAP regulation defines friability as whether a dry ACM can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure. Examples of friable asbestos include thermal system insulation and spray-on fireproofing. ACMs such as floor tile, roofing, asbestos cement products, and gaskets are typically non-friable. Be aware that demolition and renovation activities can render non-friable ACM friable, and thus, more regulated.

If you have any questions concerning asbestos, feel free to contact the Asbestos Control Program at (406) 444-5300 or by emailing us.

Updated 6/18/2021

An asbestos containing material (ACM) is any material that contains more than 1 percent asbestos;
  • If an activity becomes an "asbestos project," involving asbestos containing materials greater than 10 square feet, 3 linear feet or 3 cubic feet, the owner or operator of the facility must use an asbestos contractor.  Depending on the amount of material, Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality must receive an asbestos project permit application five to ten working days prior to the start date of the job.
  • An asbestos project is the encapsulation, enclosure, removal, repair, renovation, placement in new construction, demolition of asbestos in a building, or the transportation or disposal of asbestos-containing waste;
  • A Montana Accredited Asbestos Inspector must inspect building renovations and demolitions for ACM prior to renovation or demolition activities;
  • ACM that will be impacted by renovation or demolition activities must be removed before demolition or renovation activities begin;
  • Asbestos projects require a project permit from the Asbestos Control Program and must be done by persons with a Montana Contractor/Supervisor or Worker accreditation.

Preventing diseases and deaths associated with asbestos exposure are principle factors behind asbestos regulations. The Asbestos Control Program's regulations establish criteria for asbestos project practices, accreditation of persons in asbestos-type occupations, and a fee and permit system. (Statute: 75-2-501 et seq., MCA; Rule: ARM 17.74.301-405)

Updated 01/29/2016

To find currently-accredited Montana inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public, click on the "Current Accreditations" link, enter a city if you want a specific city (please note that you will obtain a broader response by leaving city blank), select Inspector from the Accreditation Type drop down list, and click submit.  Please remember that this list displays only currently Montana-accredited Asbestos Inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public.

Current Accreditations

If you are an individual who is currently accredited as an Asbestos Inspector, but do not see your name on this list, the Release box may not have been signed on your application.  If you wish to be listed publicly, write or send an email to the Asbestos Control Program, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or through our Contact Us page.

The regulated community of the Asbestos Control Program includes companies that are approved to instruct asbestos-related occupations (contractor/supervisor, inspector, management planner, project designer and worker). These course providers have submitted course materials pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency's Model Accreditation Plan, under 40 CFR 763, Subpart E, Appendix C and Montana Administrative Rules 17.74.364 - 368 and 17.74.403 and 404.

The following are companies that are approved to instruct the asbestos-related occupations as listed:
Contractor/Supervisor = CS; Inspector = IN; Management Planner = MP; Project Designer = PD; Worker = WK. Initial Course = I; Refresher Course = R.

A - C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

Disclaimer: This list is for informational purposes only. Only asbestos companies approved by the State of Montana can conduct asbestos courses in the state of Montana. Prior to registering in an approved asbestos course, verify that the instructors are accredited and approved to instruct the course. You may call the Asbestos Control Program for such information at (406) 444-5300.

List updated on: 12/15/2020

COURSE PROVIDER AND COURSE OFFERING CS IN MP PD WK
A - C
AIR WATER AND SOIL, LLC
J. Scott Vosen 
1321 8TH Ave N Ste 207
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 315-2201 / Fax: (406) 217-3774
E-mail: scott@airwatersoil.us
Website:  https://www.airwatersoil.us
I/R I/R      

I

INGRAHAM ENVIRONMENTAL INC
Douglas Ingraham
PO Box 545
Butte, MT 59703
877-723-7885 / (406) 723-7885 / Fax: (406) 723-7886
E-mail:  class@ieimt.com
I/R I/R I/R I/R I/R
K
KIRBY ENVIRONMENTAL
Bruce Kirby
101 Canyon View
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
(406) 250-6902
E-mail: bruce@kirbyenvironmental.com
I/R  I/R  R  R  
L
LABORER'S AGC PROGRAM OF MONTANA
Warren Smeltzer
3100 Horseshoe Bend Rd
Helena, MT 59602
800-408-9766 / (406) 442-1441
Fax: (406) 248-9282
I/R       I/R
M
MICRIST ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
Mike Thomas
PO Box 254
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
208-818-0455
E-mail: micristenviro@yahoo.com
    I/R      
N
NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
Billings:
Tasha Neil
201 South 30th Street
Billings, MT 59101
(406)-245-7766 / 1-800-562-6057 / Fax: (406)-254-1428
E-Mail: tneil@northernih.com

Helena:
Tasha Neil
1325 Euclid Ave, Unit #1
Helena, MT 59601
(406)-443-3369 / Fax: (406)-443-0733
E-Mail: tneil@northernih.com
I/R I/R R R R
T
TETRA TECH, INC.
Roger W. Herman, Jr.
Cody Knowlton
7100 Commercial Ave Ste #4
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 248-9161 / Fax: (406) 248-9282
I/R I/R        

Disclaimer: This list is for informational purposes only. Only asbestos companies approved by the State of Montana can conduct asbestos courses in the state of Montana. Prior to registering in an approved asbestos course, verify that the instructors are accredited and approved to instruct the course. You may call the Asbestos Control Program for such information at (406) 444-5300. Additional asbestos information can be found at our website.

List updated on: 12/15/2020

NEW:  DEQ has amended ARM 17.74.350, 17.74.355, 17.74.359, and 17.74.364; repealed ARM 17.74.401, 17.74.402, 17.74.403, and 17.74.404; and adopted New Rule I (ARM 17.74.406), New Rule II (ARM 17.74.407), New Rule III (ARM 17.74.408) and New Rule IV (ARM 17.74.409) as proposed in MAR Notice 17-410. DEQ has amended ARM 17.74.352 as proposed in MAR Notice 17-410, but with additional language to provide clarity.
Click here to view Asbestos Control Program’s rules on the Montana Secretary of State’s website

To see the rule notice and response to public comments go to DEQ's Rule Notice webpage at https://deq.mt.gov/about/lawsandregs and look for Archived Rule Notices to find MAR Notice 17-410.  If you have any questions, please contact the DEQ's Asbestos Control Program at (406) 444-5300.

 

Here are some one page informational documents for various topics to help explain the asbestos fee rules:

General FAQS

Asbestos is a name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals including: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite. The word asbestos is derived from the Greek language and means 'inextinguishable'. It has been mined and added to many building products.

Asbestos is a carcinogen that causes cancer and other illnesses. Exposure generally occurs by inhalation or ingestion. People who work around or disturb asbestos are at risk for developing asbestos-associated diseases. The occupational groups at the greatest risk for developing asbestos-associated diseases include: janitors, maintenance personnel, construction workers, insulators, plumbers, mechanics, telephone workers, electrical workers, fire fighters, and asbestos abatement workers. People who work, live, or attend school in buildings containing asbestos products are also considered at risk for developing asbestos-associated diseases. When asbestos or materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed, fibers are released into the air. Airborne asbestos fibers are small, odorless, and tasteless. They range in size from .1 to 10 microns in length (a human hair is about 50 microns in diameter). Because asbestos fibers are small and light, they can remain suspended in the air for long periods. People whose work brings them into contact with asbestos may inhale fibers. The amount of asbestos a person is exposed to will vary according to several factors including: the fiber concentration in the air, the duration of exposure, the person's breathing rate, the weather conditions, and the use of personal protective equipment.

Asbestos is most dangerous when inhaled. Microscopic asbestos fibers made airborne by some work practices or activities can be inhaled and penetrate the body's defenses. Because inhaled asbestos fibers remain in the body, each exposure increases the likelihood of developing one or more of the following diseases:

  1. Asbestosis: A chronic lung ailment caused by the build up of scar tissue inside the lungs. Asbestosis can cause shortness of breath, permanent lung damage, and increases the risk of lung infections. Asbestosis is not usually of concern to people exposed to low levels of asbestos.
  2. Mesothelioma: An asbestos caused cancer of the chest cavity lining or abdominal cavity. These diseases do not develop immediately following exposure to asbestos, but appear only after a number of years. Members of the public who are exposed to lower levels of asbestos may also have increased chances of getting cancer, but the risks are usually small and are difficult to measure directly.
  3. Other cancers: Cancer of the lung, esophagus, stomach, colon, and pancreas. There is also some evidence from studies of workers that breathing asbestos can increase the chances of getting cancer in other locations. The levels of asbestos in air that lead to lung disease depend on several factors. The most important of these are (1) how long you were exposed, (2) how long it has been since your exposure started, and (3) whether you smoked cigarettes. Cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure increase your chances of getting lung cancer. Also, there is a scientific debate concerning the differences in the extent of disease caused by different fiber types and sizes.

Note: this is not an exhaustive list of all possible diseases caused by asbestos exposure.

Low levels of asbestos fibers are found in nearly all people. Higher-than-average levels can show that you have been exposed to asbestos, but it is not yet possible to estimate how much asbestos you have been exposed to, or to predict whether you are likely to suffer any health effects.  A chest x-ray can be used to detect exposure to asbestos  in persons who have sustained relatively heavy exposure, but will not reveal evidence of minor exposure. The x-ray cannot detect the asbestos fibers themselves, but it can detect early signs of lung disease caused by asbestos. Following exposure, there is generally a latency period of 10 to 30 years before an asbestos-related illness develops. If you are concerned about exposure to asbestos, consult your doctor.

Asbestos can break down into very small fibers that can become airborne and stay airborne for a long time, increasing the danger of exposure. Exposure generally occurs by inhalation or ingestion. Asbestos causes asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural plagues, and lung cancer(see above). Epidemiological studies (studies of people and diseases) document asbestos-related illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos in many occupations including mining, milling, manufacturing, insulating, shipbuilding, construction, and others. Cases of asbestos-related illnesses have also been documented in persons exposed to asbestos indirectly in non-occupational settings. Spouses and children of people who worked with asbestos have contracted asbestos-related illnesses after being exposed to asbestos on the clothes of working individuals. Generally, a latency period of 10 to 30 years accompanies asbestos exposure before an asbestos-related illness develops. This latency period is dependent on other factors in a person's life, including whether the affected person smokes or smoked. According to research statistics, a smoker who is exposed to asbestos is 50-90 times more likely to develop an asbestos-related illness than a non-smokerdue to the loss of the lungs' capability to rid itself of fibers.

Regulations are delegated by multiple government agencies and apply to public and commercial building owners and contractors. Please note various asbestos regulations apply to each asbestos situation. Asbestos regulations that apply to public and commercial buildings differ slightly from those that apply to schools, residential dwellings, and other buildings. The intent of asbestos regulations is to prevent asbestos releases and exposures. In Montana, activities involving asbestos are governed by Montana DEQ, Federal EPA, and OSHA. In many cases, jurisdictions and regulations overlap.

The DEQ ACP regulates and permits asbestos abatement projects, accredits asbestos-related occupations, approves and audits asbestos training course providers, provides compliance assistance, and administers certain sections of the EPA's NESHAP regulation. Asbestos abatement activities involving three (3) or more square or linear feet of regulated ACM require permits. Asbestos abatement activities must be permitted through the ACP and must be conducted by accredited asbestos personnel following proper asbestos inspection, abatement, transportation, and disposal procedures. Demolition and renovation activities that occur in facilities such as any institutional, commercial, public, industrial, or residential structure, installation, or building (including any structure, installation, or building excluding residential buildings having four or fewer dwelling units) are subject to state and federal regualtions.

To determine which requirements apply to a building owner or contractor of a renovation or demolition, an asbestos inspection is required. An asbestos inspection not only locates, quantifies, and assesses the condition of asbestos, it also reveals whether an ACM is regulated, and by which authority. According to EPA and ACP regulations, an asbestos inspector accredited by the ACP must perform the asbestos inspection. Samples of suspect ACMs are collected by the inspector for laboratory analysis. Analytical costs range from $15-30/sample. ACP regulations require sample analysis be done by a laboratory approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The inspector may assume a material is positive without testing, saving the analytical cost, but no individual has the authority to assume a material is negative. The ACP maintains a list of accredited and approved asbestos inspectors and laboratories available for your reference.

In a demolition or renovation where ACM is identified by the asbestos inspection, the regulated ACM must be removed by an accredited asbestos project contractor following proper asbestos removal procedures under an asbestos project permit issued by the ACP. The building owner or asbestos project contractor would apply for the permit, with the same ten day notification period.  A permit fee based on the asbestos project contract volume would apply. A ten (10) working day notification period would also apply. In a demolition where ACM will be left in place and not be impacted by the demolition activities or no regulated ACM is identified by the asbestos inspection, the owner or demolition contractor must notify the ACP of the demolition. In a renovation where no ACM is present, as identified by the asbestos inspection, no notification to the ACP is required.

EPA is also active in Montana regulating asbestos in private and public kindergarten through 12th grade schools, Native American Nations, and other buildings. Montana is part of EPA's Region VIII along with North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. EPA's Asbestos Hotline can be reached at (800) 368-5888.

Another asbestos authority is Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA regulates worker safety and health as they relate to asbestos in the general and construction industries. Prior to initiating construction activities, OSHA's asbestos standard (29 CFR 1926.1101) also requires an asbestos inspection as part of its hazard communication requirement. For more complete information on OSHA's regulatory requirements, contact OSHA at (800) 321-6742, or in Billings at (406) 247-7494.

City or county governments such as local building permitting offices or local environmental health or sanitarian offices may also have asbestos requirements and must be consulted prior to work. City or county governments issue building permits for general renovation/demolition activities. However, do not assume that their permit will satisfy the ACP's asbestos requirements.

Also, prior to initiating asbestos work, contact your local landfill and learn about their asbestos disposal requirements. In many cases, landfills do not accept ACM. According to State of Montana Refuse Disposal Rules and the ACP, regulated asbestos-containing waste must be disposed of in a State-approved Class II landfill.

 

 

Regulations exist to prevent asbestos exposure and may assist in limiting certain liabilities. As an owner of a public/commercial building that may contain asbestos, you have mitigationoptions. Armed with an asbestos inspection telling you where ACM is located, you can:

  1. Leave the ACM in place. If you do not have plans to renovate or demolish your building, leaving the ACM in place is economical. Providing the ACM is in good condition, not causing exposures, and not prone to damage, the ACM can be left in place, managed, and monitored for damage.
  2. Encapsulate the ACM. Encapsulation involves treating the ACM with a substance that surrounds or embeds asbestos fibers. There are commercially available encapsulants and mastics specifically manufactured for such applications.
  3. Enclose the ACM. Enclosure involves installing an airtight, impermeable, and permanent barrier around the ACM to prevent the release of asbestos.
  4. Physically remove the material. Removal may be the only option available in cases of building demolitions or renovations. 

 

Encapsulation, enclosure, and removal fall into the definition of an asbestos project. In Montana, asbestos abatement actions include encapsulation, enclosure, removal, repair, renovation, demolition, transportation, and disposal of friable or potentially friable asbestos containing material. Asbestos-related activities involving three (3) or more square or linear feet of ACM must be permitted through the ACP. As mentioned earlier, only accredited asbestos personnel following proper abatement, transportation, and disposal procedures can perform asbestos-related activities.  Before you demolish, renovate, or deal with asbestos, contact us for compliance assistance at (406) 444-5300.

 

Asbestos in Homes

Asbestos might be present in many products and materials throughout the home. Before you remodel your home, conduct repairs, or perform demolition activities, you should determine whether the materials that are going to be impacted contain asbestos.

The department recommends that a currently accredited Asbestos Inspector be contacted for consultation prior to impact of building materials. This help will ensure your safety and help prevent contamination to your property.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Asbestos Control program (ACP) does not regulate residential facilities; however, there may be instances in which a residential unit becomes a facility. Residential homes are considered to be "Owner-Occupied, Single-Family Residence" which means any non-multiple unit building containing living space that is currently occupied by one family who owns the property as their domicile.

Also, even though the DEQ does not regulate residential units, your local landfill may have other regulatory requirements which may require the characterization of waste to prevent asbestos exposure risks to its employees. Please contact them for further information.

You can find a number of resources below:

  • Vermiculite
    Vermiculite is a common insulation material that can be contaminated with asbestos. Find more information on the EPA website for vermiculite. The Zonolite Attic Trust also exists to assist homeowners with Zonolite, the vermiculite insulation product mined in Libby, Montana. 
  • Basics
    • This helps illustrate where asbestos can be found in the home: Asbestos Diagram


How can I tell when a residential building is regulated?

A building previously used as a commercial or public facility, or a structure or installation with more than four units, is subject to asbestos regulations. To determine if the Residential Exemption applies to your property, please use our Residential Exemption Guide.

Landlords should note that EPA considers projects "under the control of the same owner at the same site" as regulated. While the definition of "site" is extremely vague, they do clarify that they equate this as "comparable to a city block". There are approximately eight city blocks to a mile, so it comes to 660 feet. This may vary in a large complex or project.


How do I get more information?

Please refer to these websites for more information.

- EPA Basic Information

- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry



Asbestos regulatory authorities in Montana

In Montana, involving asbestos in facilities are governed by multiple regulatory authorities, including Montana DEQ, EPA, and OSHA; in many cases jurisdictions and regulations overlap.

OSHA regulates worker safety and health as they relate to asbestos in the general and construction industries. Prior to initiating construction activities, OSHA's asbestos standard (29 CFR 1926.1101) also requires an asbestos inspection as part of its hazard communication requirement. For more complete information on OSHA's regulatory requirements, contact OSHA at (800) 321-6742, or in Billings at (406) 247-7494.

City or county governments such as local building permitting offices or local environmental health or sanitarian's office may also have asbestos requirements and should be contacted before initiating demolition or renovation work. City or county governments issue building permits for general renovation/demolition activities. However, do not assume that their permit will satisfy the DEQ's asbestos inspection, project permit, and demolition/renovation notification requirements if a residence has become a facility.

One last asbestos authority is the landfill. Prior to initiating asbestos work, contact your local landfill and learn about their asbestos disposal requirements. In many cases landfills do not accept ACM. According to Montana Refuse Disposal Rules and ACP, regulated asbestos waste must be disposed of in a state-approved Class II or IV landfill.


Locating accredited asbestos inspectors

To find currently-accredited Montana inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public, click on the Current Accreditations link below, select Inspector from the Accreditation Type drop down list, and click submit. You can refine your search by specifying a county or city as a base location. Please remember that this list displays only currently Montana-accredited Asbestos Inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public.

Link: Current Accreditations

The following links are to the contractor pages and to search queries to assist the homeowner in asbestos inspection and removal, and a courtesy link to the Meth Contaminated Property List.



Asbestos Accreditations Search

Asbestos Accreditations Search

This search tool is designed to assist you in finding Montana-accredited Asbestos Inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public.


Approved Asbestos Project Permits

Asbestos Project Permits

This search tool will return approved Asbestos Project Permits with project dates greater than the search date used.


Meth Contaminated Properties List

Meth Contaminated Properties List

As a courtesy, the ACP is providing a link to the Meth Contaminated Property list which identifies properties contaminated by the production of Methamphetamine. In some cases, asbestos-containing materials must also be addressed when there is a possibility of impacting building materials. DEQ is currently helping property owners comply with the laws and rules during the cleanup of property contaminated by Methamphetamine production.


Montana Class II Landfills Accepting Friable Asbestos

Always contact the landfill before transporting waste to their facility to ensure they are accepting friable asbestos-containing waste and to be aware of other regulatory requirements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DISPOSAL OF NON-FRIABLE ASBESTOS CONTACT:

Solid Waste Program
Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
(406) 444-5300


 

 


Asbestos Inspection

Asbestos might be present in many products and materials about the home. As long as the ACM is in good condition and is not disturbed, the home is safe to occupy. Before you remodel your home, conduct repairs, or perform demolition activities, you should determine whether the materials to be impacted contain asbestos. Knowing whether a material contains asbestos will also help prevent contaminating your house with asbestos.

Determining whether a material contains asbestos is done by collecting samples of materials and having a laboratory test the sampled materials for asbestos. Laboratory sample analysis costs roughly $15-$30 per sample. Homeowners can collect their own samples of suspect asbestos-containing materials; however, if you are not comfortable sampling building materials, you can hire an asbestos inspector/consultant.

Furthermore, identifying whether building materials contain asbestos will characterize the waste materials for transport and disposal purposes. The waste transporter, transfer station, or landfill need to know whether waste materials contain asbestos for proper handling procedures and employee safety.


Contractors Working In Homes

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) covers contractors working in homes. Contractors who conduct demolition, renovation, remodeling, or asbestos projects in a home, are obligated to follow OSHA regulations and other applicable regulations. According to OSHA, the contractor must exercise due diligence by inspecting for asbestos to determine whether materials that will be impacted contain asbestos. OSHA requires inspecting for asbestos as part of its hazard communication rules found in 29 CFR 1926.1101. The waste transporter, transfer station, or landfill which will receive the asbestos waste should also be contacted for any special waste packaging and handling requirements.

Many people mistakenly think that if asbestos-containing materials are found the material must be removed. In many cases, remodeling can occur without disturbing ACM. Consider all project options before jumping into removal. The Program maintains a list of asbestos contractors under the "Contractor Information" section below. 

EPA's website contains a large amount of asbestos and vermiculite information. Although EPA generally does not regulate asbestos in homes, asbestos information can be accessed by visiting www.epa.gov/asbestos or calling EPA’s Asbestos Hotline at 1-800-368-5888.

OSHA's website is www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos. OSHA can be contacted at 1-800-321-6742 or in Billings at (406) 247-7494.

If you have any questions concerning asbestos, feel free to contact the Asbestos Control Program at (406) 444-5300 or visit us at www.asbestos.mt.gov.

Updated 6/21/2021

 

Contractor Information

Online Asbestos Forms

There is an online application and payment option now available. What type of Online Form do you need?

Hard Copy Asbestos Forms

The hard copy forms provided below are available if you prefer to hand deliver applications to DEQ’s Financial Services or send to the Asbestos Control Program by US Mail. Corresponding fees must be included.

Asbestos Containing Materials List

  • Asbestos Project Permit - PDF
  • Demolition Notification -PDF
  • Emergency Renovation Notification - PDF
    • Quantity Addendum - PDF
  • Waste Shipment Record - PDF
  • Alternate Work Practices - PDF
  • Annual Asbestos Project Permit - PDF
  • Accreditation Application- PDF

The tabs below provide a variety of links to application and permitting-related information under the Asbestos Control Program. Included are links to assist building owners and contractors working in Montana with applying for asbestos project permits, making demolition notifications, and obtaining information and news about asbestos-related activities.

The following are asbestos companies with Montana-accredited personnel that can perform asbestos-related activities.

If you would like a printout of these companies, click here.

ABATEMENT CONTRACTORS OF MONTANA
Mike Foust
PO Box 8747, Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (877) 214-8859 / (406) 549-8489
Fax: (406) 728-9416
www.ACM-Contracting.com

ABSAROKA ABATEMENT LLC

Bozeman:  Russ Currie
308 Coulee Dr,
Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 539-2147
Email: currie.rusty@gmail.com
Livingston: Robert Currie
610 N.10th St
Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-8848
Email: r.nick.currie@gmail.com
ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Keith Broere
PO Box 1630, Missoula, MT 59806
(406) 541-3246 / Fax: (406) 251-0061

AIR WATER SOIL, LLC
J. Scott Vosen
1321 8th Ave N, Ste 207
Great Falls, MT 59401
Office(406) 315-2201/Mobile (406) 217-3774
Email: scott@airwatersoil.us
Website:  https://www.airwatersoil.us

APACHE INDUSTRIAL SERVICES, INC.
Carlos Solis
250 Assay St. Suite 500, Houston, TX 77044
(713)450-9307
Email: csolis@apacheip.com
http://www.apacheip.com

ARC ENVIRONMENTAL ENTERPRISES, INC.
Milan Plachy
1065 Park Ln, Stevensville, MT 59870
Cell: (406) 360-8639
Email: arc.milan@yahoo.com

BCI CONSULTING, LLC
Bruce Ingraham
630 South Utah Ave, Butte, MT 59701
(406) 782-4588 / Fax: (406) 723-7886
www.bciconsultingmt.com

BJCC INSPECTIONS
Bruce Kirby / Judy Kirby
1000 Banks Draw, Rexford, MT 59930
(877) 248-6006 / (406) 882-4825
Email: info@bjccinspections.com
www.bjccinspections.com

BRAND ENERGY SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Mary Bailey
1325 Cobb International Dr, Ste A-1, Kennesaw, GA 30152
(678) 285-1408 / Fax: (770) 514-0285
Email: mary.bailey@beis.com

CORE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC
Dan Powell
332 Best Place Rd, Helena, MT 59602
(406) 461-2133
Email: corecchelena@gmail.com

D.QUINN CONSTRUCTION, INC
David Quinn
444 Lake Loop Dr, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 755-5322
Email: david@dquinnconst.com
Web Site: http://www.dquinnconst.com/inspection/

EARTHTECH ENVIRONMENTAL
William Kraemer
244 Helena Flats Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 752-5597 / Fax: (406) 752-5521
www.earthtechenvironmental.com

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTORS
Frank Kolendich
2701 Overland Ave (59102)
PO Box 80107 Billings, MT 59108
(406) 652-6337 / Fax: (406) 652-1724

ELKHORN PROPERTY SOLUTIONS
Todd Ott
3715 Pioneer Park Drive
Helena, MT 59602
(406) 227-3381
E-mil: office@elkhornps.com

ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, LLC
Scott Rogers, CIH, / Sonia Rogers
PO Box 7010, Bozeman, MT 59771-7010
(406) 579-1441
Email: srogers@esmontana.com

GED INC
John Carter
4924 Birdseye Rd, Helena, MT 59602
(406) 459-9826
E-Mail: gedenvironmental@gmail.com

HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC
Aaron Triplett
PO Box 7483, Great Falls, MT 59406
(406)-952-3775
info@haztechinc.com

HORSLEY SPECIALTIES, INC.
Angie Boeve
PO Box 1277, Rapid City, SD 57709-1277
Email: angieb@horsleyspecialties.com
www.horsleyspecialties.com

HYGIENIX
Keith Cron, CIH + Principal
PO Box 1088, Great Falls, MT  59403
(406) 750-1204

INDOOR/OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL
Bob Frantz
1632 Colorado Gulch, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 442-6335 / Fax: (406)-457-0965 / Cell: (406) 439-1247
Email: bfrantz@qwest.net

INGRAHAM ENVIRONMENTAL
Doug Ingraham
PO Box 545, Butte, MT 59703
(406) 723-7885 / Fax: (406) 723-7886
www.ingrahamenvironmental.com

IRS ENVIRONMENTAL, INC.
Robert Reed and Carl Burnham
East 12415 Trent, Spokane, WA 99216
(509) 927-7867 / Fax: (509) 928-3933

KIRBY ENVIRONMENTAL
Bruce Kirby/Judy Kirby
101 Canyon View
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
(406) 250-6902 / Toll Free 1-877-248-6006
Email: info@kirbyenvironmental.com
www.kirbyenvironmental.com

LENAPE CONSULTING, LLC
Robert Currie
610 N 10th St, Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 220-1574
Email: rncurrie@lenape-consulting.com

MOLD WRANGLERS, LLC
Jonathan Carpenter
PO Box 4275, Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 270-1149
Email: Howdy@moldwranglers.com or jonathan@moldwranglers.com
http://www.moldwranglers.com

MOUNTAIN CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC
Ron Knutson
9922 E Montgomery Dr Ste 9, Spokane Valley, WA 99206-4150
(509) 924-9236
Email: rknutson@mountainconsultingllc.com

NEWFIELDS COMPANIES, LLC

Helena: Ryan McGee
104 E Broadway St., Ste G-1, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-3556 ext. 109
E-Mail: rmcgee@newfields.com
Missoula:  Michael Kelly
700 SW Higgins Ave., Ste 15, Missoula MT 59801
(406) 549-8270 ext. 223
Email: mkelly@newfields.com


NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE 

Billings:  Tasha Neil
201 South 30th Street, Billings, MT 59101
(406) 245-7766 / Fax: (406) 254-1428
Email: tneil@northernih.com
Helena: Todd Schneider
1325 Euclid Ave, Unit #1, Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-3369 / Fax: (406) 443-0733
Email: tschneider@northernih.com
 

RESOURCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Mark Johnson
1050 E Main St Ste 4, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 585-8005 / Fax: (406) 585-0069

SAFETECH, INC.
Leonard Cranford / RC Geiss
5735 Interstate Ave., Billings, MT 59101
(406) 651-0011 / Fax: (406) 651-0271

SCHROEDER CONTRACTING, INC.
Steve Schroeder and Rick L. Kirn
PO Box 80928, Billings, MT 59108-0928
(406) 245-0544 / Fax: (406) 652-2129
Schroeder Mobile No: (406) 696-0688
Kirn Mobile No: (406) 861-6643
www.schroedercontracting.com

SPRAY SYSTEMS OF ARIZONA INC.
Chris Boyles
2202 W Medtronic Way
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-8300 / Fax: (480) 894-4659
Email:  cboyles@spray-eri.com
www.spraysystemseri.com

STOUT CONSULTING
Candice Stout
PO Box 1287, Boulder, MT 59632
(406) 459-3615
Email:  csasbestosconsult@outlook.com

TERRACON CONSULTANTS INC.
Brian Ramsell
2110 Overland Ave, Ste 124, Billings, MT 59102
(406) 656-3072 / Fax: (406) 656-3578 / Cell: (720) 606-9022
Email: brian.ramsell@terracon.com

TETRA TECH INC.

Billings: Roger W. Herman, Jr.
7100 Commercial Ave Ste #4, PO Box 30615, Billings, MT 59101
(406) 248-9161 / Fax: (406) 248-9282
Butte: Travis Dunkle
230 South Washington St, Apt 103, Butte, MT 59701
Helena: Molly Roby
7 West 6th Ave, Suite 612, Helena, MT 59601
Missoula: Don M. May
2525 Palmer St, Ste 2, Missoula MT 59808
(406) 543-3045 / Fax: (406) 543-3088

THOMAS, DEAN & HOSKINS, INC.
Peter Klevberg / Oran Grotbo
1200 25th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 761-3010 / Fax: (406) 727-2872

List updated on: 08/11/2020

For a listing of laboratories accredited by the National Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) please visit their website at http://www.nist.gov/nvlap/

The Asbestos Control Program keeps accreditation information up-to-date by linking directly to its database through a "live" link. By "live," we mean that accreditations that are entered into our database and approved will reflect on our website the day of approval.

To find currently accredited personnel who have agreed to release their information to the public, click on the "Current Accreditations" link and enter your search criteria. Please remember that this list displays only currently Montana-accredited personnel who have agreed to release their information to the public.

Current Accreditations

If you are an individual who is currently accredited, but do not see your name on this list, the Release box was not signed on your application. If you wish to be listed publicly, write or send an E-mail to the Asbestos Control Program, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or through our Contact Us page.

The following information is provided to assist individuals with applying for accreditation in an asbestos-related occupation or training course approval, searching for available training classes or currently accredited individuals who have agreed to release their accreditation information to the public. Many questions can be answered by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab.

  Training Course Provider Information
  • Montana-Approved Training Course Providers - Please contact these companies for dates and times of courses.
  • Training Course Provider Application (PDF)
     
  • Businesses or individuals desiring to become Montana-approved course providers must download and complete this form and submit the requested attachments.
Asbestos Accreditation Online Asbestos Accreditation Online
This service allows individuals desiring to be accredited for asbestos work to apply for and renew their accreditation online.
  • PIN number:

    This number is assigned to you at the time you are accredited and will be mailed to you.  You will use this number when you complete renewals of your certification(s) using the online process.

    If you forgot this number, contact the Asbestos Control Program at deqacponline@mt.gov.   A new number will need to be assigned and will be sent to you electronically via the State of Montana File Transfer Service using your e-mail address shown on your e-mail request for a another PIN.  Instructions for downloading the PIN Number file are shown on the FAQs tab 'How do I find out my PIN number or get another one?'.  Due to current laws relating to security, this number cannot be given over the phone or e-mailed to you.
     
  • Accreditation Forms. Download the following form if you want to submit a hardcopy application.
    • Accreditation Application (PDF) (Word)
    • Completed Accreditation Application Example
    • Fees. Accreditation Fees
    • Note: Individuals are only allowed one address, which will show on your profile on the Asbestos Accreditations search page.
       
  • Regulatory Information:

NOTE:  You are not accredited until you have your accreditation card in hand. 

Asbestos Accreditations Search Asbestos Accreditations Search
This search tool is designed to assist you in finding Montana-accredited Asbestos Inspectors who have agreed to release their information to the public.

Have questions about accreditation and reciprocity in Montana? The following questions are the most frequently asked questions of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos Control Program (DEQ) regarding accreditation. If you have other questions regarding accreditation that are not addressed here, email the DEQ.

Montana does not certify contractors as is done in other states. Montana accredits individuals. Those accredited individuals, then working for a company, give the company the ability to conduct asbestos-related activities in the state of Montana.

To become accredited in the state of Montana, you must:

  • Complete an initial course approved by one of the 50 United States' or Montana-approved training providers respective to the discipline to be accredited in, or complete a refresher course approved by one of the 50 United States or Montana-approved refresher course providers if it has been a year since the initial or refresher course was completed. If it has been over two years since your last training expired, you must complete an initial course to become accredited in Montana.
  • Complete a Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations either online at https://asbestosonline.mt.gov, or submit the form and copies of the initial and all refresher course certificates (if you have not ever applied for or been accredited in Montana), along with the applicable fee as outlined below, along with a copy of your current state's certification. Make sure that the current Course Completion Date, Course Provider, Course Certificate Number, and MTA number (if issued), signature and date are completed. Non-completion of these items may result in the application being returned. If you apply online using non-Montana-approved course providers, copies of the initial and all refresher course certificates must be emailed to deqacponline@mt.gov. If you are currently certified in Montana through reciprocity, you may only need to provide your current course refresher certificate.
  • The applicable fee: $170 each for Contractor/Supervisor, Inspector, Management Planner, Project Designer, using Montana-approved training courses; $205 for all others. If two or more of the aforementioned disciplines are made on the same application, the fee is $325 using Montana-approved courses and $395 for all others. The fee is $45 for Worker accreditation using training courses approved to be conducted by Montana; $60 for all others.
  • Send the paper application, course certificate(s) and the respective fee to: Asbestos Control Program, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901. For FedEx or UPS: Asbestos Control Program, 1520 East Sixth Ave, Helena, MT 59601, or online at https://app.mt.gov/asbestos/.
Upon determination of a complete application, decisions are made within ten business days.

Additional notes:

  1. Montana practices reciprocity with states whose training programs are at least as stringent as the requirements of the state of Montana. DEQ reviews the application, course certificate(s), the state's website for the state that approved the course, and may contact the course provider for further information. SPECIAL NOTE: If there is a gap in your training history that exceeds two years between courses and a refresher course was completed instead of an initial course, the application may be denied.
  2. Completion of the refresher course does not automatically mean that you are accredited. You must complete and submit a Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations application and the respective fee and receive an accreditation card before engaging in an asbestos-related occupation.
  3. Your accreditation is not effective until the day it is approved by DEQ. Make sure you have your temporary card after applying online or your original accreditation card in your possession before conducting asbestos-related activities.
  4. If you forgot your original PIN number, another one will need to be issued by contacting the Asbestos Control Program at deqacponline@mt.gov.  You will need to supply in the e-mail request your name and MTA number and in the subject line 'Requesting Another PIN Number.' A PIN number cannot be given over the phone or sent via e-mail. They must be either mailed or sent through the State of Montana File Transfer Service (FTS) to the person for security purposes. The new PIN number letter will be uploaded to the State of Montana FTS and an e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address shown on your e-mail request.  Your PIN number letter will be in Adobe format called YourName.pdf (e.g., JohnDoe.pdf). Instructions for downloading this letter file are shown below.
  • The e-mail you receive will show as From 'File Transfer Service', click the link called 'State of Montana File Transfer Service'
  • Under ePass Montana Login, click Login
  • Enter your ePass Username and Password
  • Click 'Download File' in User Information section, choose either Save As or Open and save

Note:  This letter file will be deleted from the service after 15 days.

Updated 06/30/2021

 

News, Stakeholder Discussions, and Advisory Group Updates

The Asbestos Control Program (ACP) is endeavoring to keep Montana citizens and other interested parties up-to-date on issues happening in the ACP and in the asbestos industry.  This page will list news, website changes, program changes, and new determinations as they occur.  Check back often to keep informed on the latest information and news.

Advisory Group Makes Recommendations to DEQ.

Last Modified: 1/11/2017

Description:  With the passage of House Bill 434 during the 2015 Legislative session, the DEQ was charged with organizing an Asbestos Advisory Group (AAG) made up of stakeholders from a broad variety of interests in asbestos regulation. The group advised DEQ on a variety of asbestos-related issues including regulatory thresholds, permit applicability, public notice requirements, alternatives to permitting, scope of enforcement and cleanup authority, appropriate funding options, clarification of authority between state and federal laws, and workflow improvements. The AAG completed its recommendations in 2016 and was dissolved. The 2021 Legislative session called for the AAG to reform. If you need to access archived documents from the 2015 AAG meetings, please email the ACP or submit a records request

 

Past Meeting Dates and Documents

Meeting Date Documents
March 8, 2021 March 2021 Recommendations Progress Update
December 30, 2016 Agency Response to AAG Recommendations
December 7, 2016

Recommendations on Asbestos Regulation - Final 

November 2, 2016

September Posters

October 5, 2016 September Posters
September 7, 2016 August Posters
August 3, 2016

Posters R1-R6 - revised - 01

Posters R7-R14 - revised - 01
July 6, 2016
June 1, 2016  
May 4, 2016  
April 6, 2016
March 2, 2016
February 3, 2016
January 6, 2016

Asbestos Definitions

Asbestos Revenue & Expenditures

December 2, 2015

AAG Primer 201

Asbestos Awareness Handout

November 5, 2015

AAG Primer 201

October 7, 2015

AAG Charter

Proxy Form

September 2, 2015

ACP maintains and offers articles intended as guidance and to answer frequently asked questions. Articles are posted below and emailed to stakeholders. Postings are designed to clarify current DEQ interpretation of the Asbestos Control Act and the administrative rules adopted thereunder and do not expand the legal effect of either the Act or administrative rules that pertain to regulation of asbestos within the State of Montana.

If you would like to be added to the Stakeholder Email List, please email the program.

If you would like to access archived notices, please submit a records request.


Published List Serve Notices for 2014 to present

The following notices were sent out via the List Serve on the dates noted.

Updated 08/13/2019

You can find information on EPA determinations via the Applicability Determination Index on the EPA's website: https://cfpub.epa.gov/adi/