Senate Environment and Energy Committee Clears A1841
In March 2021, A1841 passed in the Assembly 73–0. On June 15, 2021, the bill cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The committee will report on any amendments before the bill goes to the full Senate for a vote. If passed, this bill could protect many New Jersey residents from the dangers of asbestos and lead.
Asbestos in Residential Homes
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is strong, fireproof and resistant to extreme conditions such as heat. Because of these qualities, asbestos has long been used as an additive in residential and commercial construction materials.
The federal government did not begin regulating asbestos use until the 1970s. Even today, the United States has not fully banned the use of asbestos. Thus, asbestos can be found in many older homes. Some products used in new homes may also contain small amounts of asbestos, including certain types of insulation.
This can be a serious problem for homeowners. But, it can often be a bigger risk for construction workers who renovate older homes and buildings. Construction workers have a high risk of occupational asbestos exposure.
New Jersey’s asbestos removal bill encourages homeowners to hire removal professionals. These professionals are trained to properly and safely handle the material. In doing so, this bill not only protects homeowners but also contractors and construction workers who may otherwise be exposed.