asbestos management Program
Program Manager Contact Information:
Asbestos Management Program Manager | 252-466-3631
The intent of the Asbestos Management Program is to ensure that asbestos-containing material (ACM) found in Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point buildings is managed safely. The program is tasked with development and implementation of inspection and control programs associated with the proper management of ACM. The Asbestos Management Program is designed to provide management of ACM encountered during a variety of operations including, but not limited to, operation, maintenance, inspection, repair, construction, renovation, and demolition activities at the installation.
Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the Asbestos Management Program are maintained on the EM Portal.
A complete description of the responsibilities of the Asbestos Management Program is available on the EM Portal. Major components of the Asbestos Management Program include:
Management of asbestos training (discussed under Training and Communication)
Surveillance/assessment/operation and maintenance (O&M)
Oversight of ACM removal permits
Management of asbestos abatement
Asbestos Surveillance/Assessment/Operations & Maintenance
It is not always economically feasible or necessary to remove ACM once it has been identified; therefore, it is essential that the asbestos be managed in a safe and effective manner. An O&M program is the most effective method of monitoring the condition of ACM and minimizing any chance of a disturbance that might release asbestos fibers into the atmosphere. Per Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requirements, the asbestos O&M program should include the following elements:
Asbestos-Containing Material Removal Permits
North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) requires that ACM removal permits be obtained from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)-Division of Public Health, Health Hazards Control Unit prior to removing more than 35 ft3, 160 ft2, or 260 linear feet (LF) of regulated ACM. Permits are issued for individual asbestos removals and non-scheduled asbestos removals.
It is the responsibility of the Asbestos Management Program Manager to manage asbestos abatement projects on the Air Station and outlying fields. All asbestos removal activities and asbestos abatement in schools must be conducted in accordance with CFR and NCAC regulations. It is essential that plans and specifications are developed prior to initiation of abatement work and that the asbestos design and project-monitoring plan are available at the site during abatement activities. All permitted removals must be conducted under the direct supervision of an accredited supervisor or roofing supervisor (as defined in the NCAC), where applicable.
Federal and state regulations require training for personnel who perform asbestos-related work at the Air Station and outlying fields. Asbestos activities and training requirements are specified in the CFR.
In addition to training, all personnel who perform asbestos-related activities in North Carolina must be accredited by the NCDHHS-Division of Public Health, Health Hazards Control Unit.
The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resource. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:
When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the Asbestos Management Program and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.
The Asbestos Management Program is evaluated under each annual internal Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE) and each triennial Benchmark ECE. Findings and corrective actions from these audits are maintained on the EM Portal.
Please refer to the Asbestos Surveillance/Assessment/Operations & Maintenance information on the EM Portal for more information regarding asbestos inspections.