Environmental Planning

Guidance for Federal-Aid Projects

Hazardous Materials

Technical Guidance

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) are substances, such as flammable or poisonous materials, that would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions. EPG plays an active role in ensuring that highway projects do not expose construction workers or the general public to hazardous materials, during or after construction. Studies are conducted to identify hazardous materials, such as leaking underground storage tanks, lead based paints or asbestos. The depth of investigation will vary depending on the nature of the project, type of land uses, and the amount of ground disturbance.  For example, testing for the presence of asbestos is routinely done when disturbing, repairing, renovating and demolishing any building or structure which may contain asbestos and that is owned, leased, operated, controlled or supervised by ADOT. The Asbestos Assessment Request Form is required to process an asbestos assessment for upcoming ADOT projects.  Refer to SAF-6.01 Asbestos Management Policy for further guidance.  It should be noted that there is a certain level of qualification required for professional practitioners who are responsible for preparing HAZMAT documentation.

The study to determine the presence of hazardous materials is called a Preliminary Initial Site Assessment (PISA), which is used on all roadway projects. Should hazardous materials be identified, such studies escalate into Phase I, Phase II, or Phase III assessments. These more comprehensive studies often result in mitigation that could include remediation, before construction begins. The guidance "Qualifications for Preparing Hazardous Materials Documents" should be consulted for the level of professional certification needed to prepare a HAZMAT document.

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.