Popcorn Ceiling and Mold Remediation Environmental Rules and Regulations (pdf-143KB)
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Popcorn is a decorative and acoustical ceiling application that has been used extensively in apartments, condominiums and single family residences. Although most of the materials currently used contain polystyrene puff pellets, pre 1980’s construction used an exfoliated mineral material that has a high likelihood of containing asbestos. The asbestos content of these materials are often as high as 20 percent.
Removal of more than 160 square feet of popcorn from apartments, condominiums and commercial structures is subject to federal, state and county asbestos regulations.
Mold Remediation projects that involve the removal of more than 160 square feet of mold infested material from popcorn ceiling and stucco ceiling, wallboard and flooring may contain asbestos which would be subject to the same federal, state and county asbestos regulations.
Mold Remediation contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) are usually not certified to sample, analyze, or remove asbestos containing materials (ACM). Only an Asbestos Abatement Contractor licensed by the Florida DBPR may remove ACM.
The following rules were enacted to protect public health and the environment and may apply to popcorn removal and mold remediation projects:
- The EPA, Rule 40 CFR 61.145-50 includes notifications, inspections, work practices, and proper disposal.
- The State of Florida, FS 469 includes training, licensing, license suspension, and revocation.
- Broward County Chapter 27-180 includes a Statement of Responsibilities Regarding Asbestos (SRRA) notification, asbestos reports, and fee requirements.
The following requirements apply to both popcorn removal and mold remediation from any facility which is a commercial structure, condominium, apartment building, industrial building or multiple houses:
- Complete and submit a SRRA Form to the Broward County Pollution Prevention Division (27-180) and appropriate fee.
- If more than 160 square feet of a building material is to be removed, then an asbestos survey conducted by a Florida Licensed Asbestos Consultant is required. (40 CFR 61.145-50)
- If the materials are determined to be ACM, then a state licensed asbestos contractor is required to remove the ACM and properly dispose of the material. (FS 469)
- Failure to follow the asbestos rules, especially when asbestos has been released to the environment, could result in civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation per day.
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