​Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ 195-2018
Filed and effective Nov.15, 2018
See Oregon Bulletin, December 2018

Adopted rules

Michele Martin, 503-229-5103

DEQ proposes the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approve the rule amendments that clarify regulations and standards for asbestos-related activities, where a potential for exposure to asbestos fibers exists including the following proposed rules that are identified as having a financial impact to stakeholders. Other rule changes have been made in this rulemaking to clarify language or address inconsistencies. 
  1. Residential Renovation Survey: Renovation activities at residential buildings with four or fewer dwelling units would be required to have an asbestos survey.
  2. Make nonfriable and friable disposal requirements the same: Removing Nonfriable Asbestos Disposal Requirements section, 340-248-0290 and adding nonfriable to the Friable Asbestos Disposal Requirements section, 340-248-0280. This change will result in nonfriable asbestos waste being packaged, labeled, transported, and disposed similar to how friable asbestos waste is currently managed. This change will result in lower exposure to asbestos fibers. Currently nonfriable waste does not need to be packaged and could be disturbed through transport and disposal and made friable. This rule change would make costs to dispose of nonfriable asbestos-containing waste material similar to the costs of disposing of friable asbestos-containing waste material.
  3. Accredited laboratories for asbestos testing: Laboratories that analyze samples for the presence of asbestos would need to demonstrate proficiency within two years of adoption through participation in a nationally recognized testing program or an equivalent testing program. This proposed change could increase costs to laboratories to train staff and to participate in a nationally accredited program.
​DEQ has convened an advisory committee to provide input on draft rule changes related to the regulation of asbestos.

Past meetings

Meeting 3
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Meeting materials:
Meeting call in number: 888-204-5984
Participant code: 257801


Meeting 1
Sept. 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Agenda, meeting 1 notes
Meeting materials:
Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. DEQ publishes meeting notices on State Events calendar. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

P​ublic Involvement

The comment period closed at 4 p.m. on June 22, 2018
Includes invitation to comment, notice, proposed rules and any supporting documents.
Public hearing
June 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Oregon DEQ
700 NE Multnomah Street
Lloyd building floor 3 conference room
Portland, OR 97232-4100

EQC action

The EQC adopted the proposed rules on Nov. 15, 2018