Jamaica Plain Asbestos Contractor Penalized $18,312 for Asbestos Violations at Worcester Multi-Family Residence
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed an $18,312.50 penalty against Envirogreen, LLC of Jamaica Plain for failing to follow asbestos removal procedures required by MassDEP regulations at a work site in Worcester.
During a September 2012 inspection, MassDEP inspectors observed Envirogreen personnel removing asbestos-containing siding shingles from a multi-family residential structure located on Reeves Street in Worcester. The shingles were observed being removed without any attempt to minimize breakage or to carefully lower them to the ground. During the inspection, MassDEP observed numerous dry, shattered asbestos-containing shingles uncontained on the ground.
MassDEP regulations require that contractors remove asbestos-containing siding shingles wet, take adequate precautions to minimize breakage, carefully lower them to the ground and seal the asbestos waste while wet into leak-tight containers that have appropriate asbestos warning labels affixed to them. These work procedures are critical measures designed to prevent a release of asbestos fibers to the environment, to protect workers, building occupants and the general public from exposure to asbestos fibers and to preclude other parts of the building from becoming contaminated.
Under the terms of the negotiated settlement, Envirogreen must follow all state asbestos requirements, and pay $10,000 of the assessed penalty. MassDEP has agreed to suspend $8,312.50 of that penalty provided the company does not have repeat violations for one year.
"Licensed asbestos contractors are fully aware of the removal, handling, packaging and storage requirements that must be followed when dealing with asbestos-containing siding," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following prescribed regulatory work practices is imperative to protect workers, as well as the general public and environment. Failure to do so will result in significant penalty exposure as well as escalated cleanup, decontamination and monitoring costs."
Envirogreen, LLC is an asbestos contractor licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS).
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.