Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Revised Waste Management Rules for Renovation or Demolition Projects

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has finalized waste and material removal rules that apply to all renovation or demolition projects. According to the revised Rules, the following items and materials must be removed prior to the commencement of renovation or demolition:

A. items that would normally be disposed of as mixed municipal solid waste, such as furniture, carpeting, bedding, mattresses, clothing, small appliances, food, and food waste;
B. household hazardous waste including;
F. items that may contain elemental mercury:
G. items that may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
H. items that may contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs):
I. oils, including used oil, hydraulic oils, and oils located in heating oil tanks, piping, sumps, and traps;
J. lead-containing items, including lead-acid batteries, lead pipes, lead sheeting, lead flashing in roof vents, and lead paint that is not firmly adhered to the substrate; and
K. electronic products containing a cathode ray tube, including televisions and computers;

An exemption from this requirement exists for items or materials that are within components of the structure, such as elevators, vertical lifts, or lighting, that need to remain intact are being used during the course of renovation or demolition, provided that the items or materials are removed after use of the component is no longer required for renovation or demolition work.

If the owner, person authorizing renovation or demolition, or person conducting the renovation or demolition knows or has reason to know that portions of the structure may be contaminated by hazardous substances or petroleum based on past uses of the structure, such as a medical building, laboratory, or manufacturing facility, they must obtain appropriate samples and receive results from laboratory analysis as necessary to ensure the proper management and disposal of contaminated structural elements and any resulting debris generated.

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