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Jim Brittell
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Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 05:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

While perusing MasterFormat 95, I noticed that Section 01900 contains "Hazardous Material Abatement" and "Hazardous Material Removal and Disposal", while Section 13280 deals with Hazardous Material Remediation. Can anyone explain the difference between the three terms?
Tomas Mejia
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Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 07:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Hazardous material abatement is where the hazardous material is left in place but encapsulated in a way to render it acceptable and safe as determined by applicable codes and governing authorities.

Hazardous removal and disposal is when the material is meticulously removed and disposed at an EPA approved facility.

Section 13280 Hazardous Material Remediation is where you would write the information regarding encapsulation, removal and disposal or both.

Section 01900 is a Division 1 section titled Facility Decommissioning. Here you would cover applicable administrative procedures regarding hazardous material abatement and hazardous removal and disposal.

Hazardous material (asbestos) abatement/removal is a specialized field requiring insurance, very specialized equipment, compliance with OSHA, US Dept. of Labor, and EPA, and air monitering devices.

Our specification office always recommends the Architectural firm not to get involved due to litigation possibilities. We suggest the Owner handle it as a separate contract.
Richard Hird
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Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 07:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

In accordance with 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act “Remedial Action” means a permanent remedy in addition to, or instead of, a removal action to prevent or minimize a release of a hazardous substance in to the environment. Per CERCLA a removal action varies by hazardous substance but means a complete removal with respect to asbestos.

Abatement is a “remedial action” specific to asbestos, including removal, encapsulation or enclosure.
Jim Brittell
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Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 07:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Tommy and Richard - Thanks for the info. "We" are the Owner in this case, and we are hiring a consultant to prepare the necessary documents.

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