Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Demolition Wastes - Proposed MPCA Rule

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has published draft rules relating to assessment and removal of certain items and materials prior to the renovation and/or demolition of structures.

For the purposes of the draft rule, renovation/demolition is defined as “physical alteration of the interior or exterior of a structure for the purpose of renovating or removing the structure, and includes alteration or removal of walls, ceilings, floors, or roofs or associated structural components”. Structures subject to the draft rule include residential, recreational, governmental, agricultural, commercial, or industrial and other buildings.

The draft rule lists specific items and materials that must be characterized, tested, managed, and disposed of, reused or recycled before renovation and demolition:

  • items that would normally be disposed of as mixed municipal solid waste ;
  • household hazardous waste;
  • industrial solid waste or hazardous waste;
  • waste tires;
  • major appliances;
  • items that may contain elemental mercury;
  • items that may contain PCBs;
  • items that may contain CFCs;
  • oils;
  • lead-containing items;
  • electronic products containing a cathode ray tube;
  • electronic products containing a circuit board;
  • asbestos;
  • material trapped in sumps and traps;
  • radioactive waste; and
  • other materials or items that are prohibited at the demolition waste facility.

Some exemptions are included in the draft rule, such as when the structure is unsafe to enter as determined by a local government authority.

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