Asbestos and cement pipe
Reduction of Category II materials such as asbestos containing cement pipe and concrete following demolition is also a matter of concern.
EPA considers asbestos-cement pipe to be a "facility component" of the facility which owns or utilizes the pipe. In addition, EPA considers asbestos- cement pipe to be Category II nonfriable asbestos containing material.
This material becomes "regulated asbestos containing material" (RACM), when it becomes "friable asbestos material" or when it "has a high probability of becoming or has become crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by the forces expected to act on the material during the course of demolition or renovation operations."
Consequently, the crushing of asbestos-cement pipe with mechanical equipment will cause this material to become RACM. The demolition and renovation provisions and the waste disposal provisions apply to asbestos-cement pipe where the pipe is considered RACM, and the amount of pipe being removed and crushed is at least 260 linear feet for a single renovation project or during a calendar year for individual nonscheduled operations.
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