• Private schools may be eligible to seek a deferral until May 9, 1989 of the October 12, 1988 deadline for submitting an asbestos management plan to their state government. Deferrals will only be granted if several conditions are satisfied. First, a school must submit an application for deferral to the appropriate state office. Second, the application must explain why, despite good faith efforts, the school will not be able to meet the original October 12, 1988 deadline for submitting an asbestos management plan. Third, the application must indicate that one of the following documents is available for inspection at the school: (1) a solicitation by the school to contract with an accredited asbestos contractor for inspection or management plan development; (2) a letter certifying that school district personnel are enrolled in an EPA-approved training course for inspection and management plan development; or (3) documentation showing that suspected asbestos-containing material from the school is being analyzed at an accredited laboratory. Fourth, the application must indicate that the school has notified affected parent, teacher, and employee organizations of its intent to file for a deferral. Fifth, the application must contain a proposed schedule outlining the activities that will lead up to the submission of a management plan by May 9, 1989, including inspection of the school. This schedule must contain a deadline of no later than December 22, 1988 for entering into a contract with an accredited inspector (unless inspections are to be performed by accredited school personnel). Schools in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have slightly different requirements, since these states independently sought waivers of the October 12, 1988 deadline. Schools in these states must also submit an application for deferral, but their applications need only contain the following assurances: (1) their state requested a waiver from EPA prior to June 1, 1988, and (2) the school has notified affected parent, teachers, and employees groups about its intention to apply for a deferral. Other conditions apply. For more specific information regarding deferral requests, and a listing of the state agencies in each state to which deferral requests should be submitted, contact the EPA at 1-202-554-1404.
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