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Asbestos can be found in old linoleum, ceiling tiles, siding, and other materials in homes built before 1977.  Friable asbestos may lodge in the lungs and can cause serious illnesses.  As an air hazard, its removal falls under air regulations.

Local Clean Air Agencies  generally regulate asbestos removal. 

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries addresses licensing and working standards.

Asbestos page from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry discusses toxicity.

Asbestos demolition/renovation permit

If you are demolishing, remodeling, or burning a building for fire training, you must send an Asbestos Demolition/Renovation Notification Form to the appropriate clean air agency. If your work is in one of these counties (Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, or Whitman), you must send the form to the appropriate county planning agency. You must send the form at least 10 business days before starting work.

Related information

Asbestos page from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Asbestos in Your Home describes where you might find asbestos in buildings, from the Environmental Protection Agency

Asbesto (Amianto) es una página en español de la Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.