MassDEP Assesses A & E Environmental of Leominster $19,312.50 Penalty for Asbestos Violations at Millbury Residence
BOSTON - A & E Environmental, Inc. of Leominster, a licensed asbestos removal contractor, has been fined $19,312.50 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for failing to follow state asbestos-removal regulations.
During a March 2013 inspection, MassDEP inspectors observed asbestos-containing insulation had been improperly removed by the company at a residence in Millbury. MassDEP personnel inspected the basement of the residence after the company had finished its work and found numerous pieces of dry, friable asbestos-containing insulation on the basement floor and remaining on the heating pipes that the company had been hired to abate. Those asbestos-containing materials should have been wet and sealed in leak-tight containers with appropriate asbestos warning labels and disposed of at a landfill permitted to accept asbestos-containing waste material.
Under terms of the negotiated settlement, the company must pay $5,000 of the assessed penalty, while the remaining $14,312.50 will be suspended provided the company does not violate asbestos-removal requirements again for one year.
"Licensed asbestos contractors are well-aware of the work practices that must be followed when removing, handling, packaging, and disposing of asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following prescribed work practices is imperative to protect workers as well as the general public," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Failure to do so will result in penalties, as well as escalated cleanup, decontamination and monitoring costs."
Property owners or contractors with questions about asbestos-containing materials; notification requirements; proper removal, handling, packaging, storage and disposal procedures; or the asbestos regulations are encouraged to contact the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office for assistance.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
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