The new requirement of Asbestos testing came after county officials determined that many of the homes destroyed by the fire were built at a time where asbestos was an approved construction material. Since then, asbestos has been found to be a hazardous material which is proven to cause illnesses including certain cancers and other lung conditions. California law has requirements for the disposal of asbestos making it illegal to dispose of asbestos in a regular trash bin or at a County landfill.
The asbestos testing is required for all damaged structures to prevent the inadvertent disturbance or illegal disposal officials said. Those requesting waste disposal bin placement or applying for a demolition permit will need to provide an Asbestos Clearance Certificate from a California-certified asbestos consultant. A special program has put in place which will provide the Asbestos Survey at no cost for structures lost or damaged by the fires. Those who would like to use this program should call Michelle Palmer from the County’s Code Enforcement Division at (909)884-4056 to initiate the process.
Homeowners requesting disposal bin placement would need an Asbestos Clearance certification, and a site survey issued by County staff to determine the amount of bins needed. To request bin placement, contact Joe Quinones from the County Solid Waste Management Division at (909)396-8701.
Homeowners of homes found to contain asbestos must dispose of the materials in accordance with California State Law. The County of San Bernardino can help with asbestos remediation and demolition. Call Kelly Graham with the County Community Development and Housing Department at (909)387-4411.
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