For Immediate Release - May 15, 2014

Jamaica Plain Contractor Fined $8,312 for Asbestos Removal Violations at Home in Pittsfield

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Jamaica Plain-based contractor Envirogreen, LLC $8,312.50 for violations of state asbestos regulations. The violations cited were improper removal and handling of asbestos transite siding from a Second Street home located in Pittsfield.

In response to a complaint filed with MassDEP, staff conducted an inspection of the work site in June 2013 at 161 Second Street in Pittsfield. During the inspection, MassDEP staff observed violations related to removal, handling, labeling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials.  

MassDEP ordered Envirogreen to clean up the property using proper procedures for removal, handling, labeling and disposal of the material, and to pay the assessed penalty.     

"This company has been penalized for similar violations in the recent past," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "Evergreen is aware of the relevant regulations, proper procedures and of their requirement to minimize asbestos exposure to the public."

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 at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about/contacts/

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 and the management of the Underground Storage Tank systems.

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