orlando popcorn removal new EPA Significant New Use RuleIn the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Air Act, outlawing the use of “spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing materials” like popcorn ceiling texture. Up until that point, asbestos was a crucial component of many construction materials, known for its sound deadening and insulating properties. While the CAA didn’t mandate the removal of asbestos-containing materials, it did stop their future production.

You may have seen in recent news that President Trump passed a measure that would once again allow the use of asbestos in new construction. This measure, called the Significant New Use Rule, allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case-by-case basis. While this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a new wave of popcorn ceilings coming in vogue, it may indicate some changes for the average homeowner.

Sarah Dodge, senior vice president of Advocacy & Relationships at the American Institute of Architects, notes that risks are “significant for anyone who disturbs the materials once installed, whether homeowners, contractors, facilities staff, or others.” No interaction with asbestos is a safe interaction.

Over 60 countries currently ban the use of asbestos, given its dangerous nature. Between 1999 and 2013, between 189,000 and 221,000 people in the United States died of complications related to asbestos exposure. As we mentioned above, this new rule does not necessarily mean you will be seeing asbestos in your newly-constructed homes in the coming years, but it does call for homeowners to take extra precautions.

If you need to schedule popcorn ceiling removal sometime soon, be sure to have your ceiling tested for asbestos before you begin. The presence of asbestos will require the assistance of a team that specializes in removing hazardous materials. If your ceiling is asbestos-free, the team at New Ceilings can help you. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.