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Regulated Materials/Waste


The purpose of considering regulated materials/waste is to ensure proper management according to applicable federal and state regulations and to reduce liability to the department. Identification of regulated materials/waste associated with building demolitions or relocations and bridge demolitions or rehabilitation projects enables the Regulated Materials Unit (RMU) to prepare contracts to manage the materials/waste properly and to apply special provisions as necessary.

When to use this subject

MnDOT projects may generate and require management of regulated materials/waste such as lead-based paint, asbestos-containing material, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-containing materials, mercury-containing materials, treated wood, hazardous waste, and other regulated waste.

RMU can provide guidance if you are likely to encounter regulated materials/waste during a project.

The following list outlines project activities that require evaluation for potential issues related to regulated materials/waste identification, documentation, and disposal:

  • Building demolition or relocation
  • Bridge demolition or rehabilitation
  • Paint removal by abrasive blasting
  • Bridge painting
  • Other steel structure painting
  • Asbestos dumps and pipes
  • Acquisition of right of way containing above-ground discarded or abandoned regulated material or waste (MnDOT generally assumes responsibility and liability for properly disposing materials/waste it encounters on the right of way)

For specific process information, contact one of the individuals via the contacts page and see the Regulated Materials/Waste process.

How this subject fits into the overall project development process

In order for RMU to have sufficient time to review a project and provide meaningful comments, please contact them approximately 12 to 18 months prior to the letting date.

Organizations involved