Asbestos

Overview

The Illinois EPA Asbestos Unit protects the people of the State of Illinois and the environment from asbestos exposure. Illinois EPA is the USEPA delegated authority to enforce the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for regulated asbestos during demolition, renovation and disposal.

Owners and operators subject to the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) are required to submit a $150 fee along with a Demolition/Renovation/Asbestos Project Notification Form 10 working days in advance of commencing a regulated asbestos demolition or renovation project.

The Combined Notification of Demolition and Renovation form is used for notifications sent to the Illinois EPA, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the City of Chicago. A separate copy must be sent to each agency if you are required to send a form to IDPH and the City of Chicago. Electronic submission to these agencies is not available at this time. Please print, provide original signature, and mail with $150 fee or proof of electronic payment to the address below. (Cook County no longer uses the combined notification form and notifications must be made via their online system.)

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or E-Check (There will be a $6.00 convenience fee charged by the card services agency for all electronic payment types.)

Warning: Payment of fees alone does not constitute compliance with regulatory requirements. All forms and reports must be submitted as applicable for your source's regulatory requirements as well as proof of payment. Failure to submit the Asbestos Demolition/Renovation/Asbestos Project Notification Form to the Illinois EPA 10 working days prior to start date could result in additional fees or penalties.

Additional Information Regarding Asbestos Requirements

For information regarding asbestos training, or licensure, please contact IDPH at (217) 782-3517. IDPH also has regulations regarding schools, and commercial and public buildings.

  1. Cook County Asbestos Requirements
  2. City of Chicago Asbestos Requirements
  3. Occupational Safety & Health Administration - US Department of Labor

OSHA regulations also apply to asbestos projects.

Regarding Vermiculite Attic Insulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices have received a large number of phone calls from citizens concerned about vermiculite insulation in their home that might be contaminated with asbestos. EPA is gathering more information about vermiculite insulation and other products containing vermiculite. For more information, please refer to the following documents.

Please Note: Some municipalities have permit fees or other regulations regarding asbestos abatement and/or demolition activities. Please check with local authorities prior to demolition/renovation activities.

Contact

The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, located at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, provides free assistance to owners and operators of businesses in understanding their environmental requirements under the Clean Air Act.  If you have questions regarding these or other environmental requirements, you may contact the Environmental Assistance Helpline at 800.252.3998, or contact your  appropriate regional office
  

Asbestos Unit, MC#41
1021 North Grand Avenue East
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, IL 62794-9276
Fax: (217) 557-2559