Before undertaking any major building renovation, and particularly if the building was built before 1989, it is wise to first have an environmental inspection to ascertain if there are any materials in the building that require specialized removal and disposal, such as asbestos, lead, mercury, pcbs, mold, and other environmental contaminants.
A good source of information is the mass.gov website. The website is run by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and provides a wealth of facts and guidelines to help the building owners. Their mission is simple:
The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. http://www.mass.gov/
The website has a subject area called “Air & Climate” and a section within that called “programs & initiatives”
There is also a reference to the full set of Regulations and Rules governing Asbestos, Policies and Guidance, and reports from the Asbestos in soil working group.
Information on lead and mercury can be found under the section headed “Lead and Other Contaminants in Drinking Water” as part of the “Water, Wastewater & Wetlands” subject matter. This provides information on the lead and copper rule, mercury hazards, percholorate information, percloroethylene risks, radon, radioactive isotopes and other potentially harmful material contaminants. PCB’s have their own section that can be found under the Water, Wastewater and Wetlands subject heading. http://www.mass.gov/
As a resource for further information on the regulations and guidance relating to building owners responsibilities before, during and after construction or renovation, I can fully recommend a visit to
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