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• On October 22, 1986, President Reagan signed into law the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The law required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop regulations providing a comprehensive framework for addressing asbestos problems in public and private elementary and secondary schools. On October 30, 1987, EPA published the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule. This new rule requires all public and private elementary and secondary schools to inspect for friable and non-friable asbestos, develop asbestos management plans that address asbestos hazards in school buildings, and implement response actions in a timely fashion. Schools must use accredited persons to carry out activities involving inspections, management plans, and response actions. By October 12, 1988, public and private (including church-operated) elementary and secondary schools have ...

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  • July 1, 1988