Asbestos Labeling Enforcement Policy

The Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued an update to its enforcement policy of the new Washington State asbestos labeling law approved earlier this year by the State Legislature.

SB 5458, Sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig, requires that any materials containing more than 1% asbestos must have a warning label that states:

This product contains ASBESTOS which is known to cause cancer and lung disease. Avoid creating dust. Intentionally removing  or tampering with this label is a violation of state law.”
Each infraction of the new law comes with a penalty of $10,000 per day, per instance.
As a result of some concerns from an SHBA member over how the legislation will be enforced the Spokane Clean Air Agency has issued a letter stating that if materials are found that contain more than 1% asbestos it is their intent to work with retailers, distributors, and wholesalers to resolve the issue with the manufacturer before issuing violations. You can read the full letter here.

Additionally, in an open meeting back in October and re-affirmed in a recent email communication, Sen Billig has agreed to go back through the legislation and sponsor some tweaks to alleviate some of the concerns shared by small businesses.



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(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Last week, the Board of Directors of the Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) voted unanimously to early-endorse several incumbent candidates for re-election in 2014. They join Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich who already received the Association’s endorsement earlier this year.

“Our region is truly blessed to have so many hard working elected leaders fighting to make government smarter, less intrusive, and more efficiently sized,” said Michael Cathcart, SHBA Government Affairs Director. “Included among those our board selected for early-endorsements are two local leaders likely to see high profile re-election campaigns next year: Senator Michael Baumgartner and County Commissioner Al French.”

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, Vice-Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, has been an ardent advocate for smarter, reform-minded policies that eliminate unnecessary government mandates and ensure a more prosperous economic environment for Washington State. His leadership has helped to promote cooperation among the diverse members of the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC), and has provided a needed Spokane/Eastern Washington perspective within the bi-partisan group.

“Our small businesses and the home building industry very much need to see Sen. Baumgartner re-elected and the principles of the MCC continue to lead the Senate,” said Deacon Band, SHBA President. “The common sense reforms championed by Sen. Baumgartner and the MCC are necessary to continue enhancing our business environment.”

Commissioner French has long been a strong proponent of pro-growth policies such as expanding the Urban Growth Area boundary where needed and making permitting an easier and less expensive ordeal, demonstrating his intimate understanding that a strong economic environment and a robust housing industry are dependent upon each other.

“Al French brings with him a reservoir of knowledge, years of experience, and a terrific track record on property rights, small business, and economic issues,” said Joel White, SHBA Executive Director. “He is clearly the best choice to serve another four years as Spokane County Commissioner.”

The following candidates received early-endorsements from the Spokane Home Builders Association:

Michael Baumgartner – State Senator, 6th District; Rob Chase – Treasurer, Spokane County; Susan Fagan – State Representative, 9th District; Al French – Commissioner, Spokane County; Jeff Holy – State Representative, 6th District; Ozzie Knezovich – Sheriff, Spokane County (endorsed earlier this year); Joel Kretz – State Representative, 7th District; Kevin Parker – State Representative, 6th District; Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Congress, 5th Congressional Dist.; Joe Schmick – State Representative, 9th District; Matt Shea – State Representative, 4th District ; Shelly Short – State Representative, 7th District;

Not all races were considered in this slate of early-endorsements. Additional endorsements will be approved in the coming months.