MassDEP Assesses $37,625 Penalty to Jamaica Plain-based Company for Asbestos Violations at Worcester Residence
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed Crestline Weatherization and Construction, LLC of Jamaica Plain a $37,625 penalty for violations of asbestos regulations that occurred at a Worcester residence.
During a November 2012 site visit, MassDEP inspectors observed asbestos-containing insulation had been improperly removed from a boiler and heating pipes at the residence. MassDEP personnel inspected the basement of the residence after receiving a complaint from Worcester Code Enforcement, and found numerous pieces of dry, friable asbestos-containing insulation uncontained on the basement floor. Additionally, the company did not notify MassDEP prior to commencing the asbestos removal work as required by the regulations.
MassDEP regulations require asbestos-containing materials to be removed wet, and to seal the asbestos waste while wet into leak-tight containers that have appropriate asbestos warning labels affixed to them and disposed of at a landfill permitted to accept asbestos-containing waste material. These requirements are designed to prevent a release of asbestos fibers to the environment, to protect building occupants and the general public from exposure to asbestos fibers and to preclude other parts of the building from becoming contaminated. Notification is required to MassDEP 10 working days prior to commencing any asbestos removal work so that MassDEP is aware of the removal work and has the opportunity to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the regulations.
"Home improvement contractors are well aware that there are specific work practices that must be followed when removing and handling asbestos-containing materials and that this work must be done only by licensed companies and trained personnel. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following required 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 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.
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