The Federal ban on asbestos was not across the board even though the term 'ban' certainly implies it! In general, the ban was on new uses of asbestos, while those materials that historically contained asbestos were permitted to be used (with the exception of certain paper products, thermal system insulation, and spray-applied materials, etc.). From the EPA website, the following is a partial list of asbestos-containing materials that were not banned:
-Cement corrugated sheet
-Cement flat sheet
-Vinyl floor tile
Perhaps this the reason that the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) states that an asbestos survey is required prior to demolition or renovation of most structures, NO MATTER WHAT THE AGE OF THE BUILDING.
When it comes to asbestos, it is best to not make assumptions based on age or appearances. Hire a licensed Asbestos Inspector to conduct a survey prior to renovations or demolition.