Have your property inspected, and notify the right people before demolition.
In Minnesota, under the requirements set forth by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), all structures in Minnesota regulated under the Federal National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos must be inspected for hazardous materials prior to any demolition or renovation work. This applies to all structures—residential, agricultural, commercial, governmental, and industrial.
In addition to these requirements, certain buildings built before 1978 may also be subject to federal requirements under the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If you are planning to renovate, demolish, or burn a structure (for a legitimate fire training exercise) regulated under NESHAP, notify the MPCA at least ten business days prior to the start of the work.
Notify the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of your intent to demolish a structure or remove asbestos by filling out this form and submitting it…
By hand or mail:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Industrial Division — Asbestos Program
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155
By email: email@example.com
By fax: (651) 297-1438
Hire a properly licensed contractor for the job.
In order to do demolition or asbestos work in Minnesota, a contractor must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health.
In addition to hiring a properly licensed company, you should also do your research to ensure the company has adequate experience in demolition, they have a good safety record, and their customers are happy with their work. You can check all these boxes with the help of Hometown Demolition Contractors.
Consider deconstructing before demolishing.
A great way to not only save costs but also help the environment is by deconstructing your structure as much as possible prior to demolition. Not only does less “house” to demolish mean lower demo and disposal costs, but the materials you salvage can also be donated to charity.
For example, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores provide a wide selection of lightly used home improvement materials and home goods to members of your community.
Learn more about deconstruction to determine if it’s a good option for you.