For Immediate Release - November 26, 2013

Operator of Fitchburg-Westminster Landfill Assessed $18,000 Penalty for Asbestos-handling Violations

BOSTON - Resource Controls, Inc., operator of the Fitchburg-Westminster Landfill, has been assessed an $18,000 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for failing to follow waste disposal practices required by state regulations for asbestos-containing waste material.

During a September 25, 2012 inspection, MassDEP inspectors observed open asbestos waste bags in the asbestos disposal area of the landfill, which is a violation of the law. MassDEP regulations require that appropriate handling procedures are implemented during all phases of removal, handling, and disposal. These work practices are crucial requirements designed to minimize the potential for asbestos fibers to become airborne and thus reduce potential exposure to workers and the general public.
     
"It is critical that this landfill operator follow the required asbestos-handling procedures to prevent asbestos fibers from becoming airborne," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "That way, the company can ensure a safe environment for landfill workers and 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. MassDEP offices: 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.

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