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Harmful Materials and Residential Demolition

This isn't an exhaustive list. These are harmful materials one might typically encounter in a residential property. You may encounter harmful materials not mentioned here.

Please use caution if there's any doubt about the nature or composition of an item or material found in a residential structure.

RCRA in Focus: Construction, Demolition and Renovation (EPA-530-K-04-005) (PDF) (24 pp, 1.4 MB, About PDF) is a 2004 publication that addresses proper management of items containing:
  • mercury (page 7)
  • lead-based paint (page 8)
  • asbestos (page 9)