MassDEP Penalizes Landworks Industries $53,937 for Asbestos Removal Violations During Renovation Work at Milton Residence
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized the contractor and the homeowner for asbestos violations found during an inspection at 10 Denmark Street in Milton. Landworks Industries, Inc. is a Boston-based contractor that had been hired by the owners of the residence, Tu Do and Kevin Nguyen, to conduct the work.
"Prior to renovation or demolition of the interior or exterior of a structure, building owners and contractors must ensure that any areas and materials involved in the work are inspected and sampled to determine if asbestos is present," said Eric Worrall, acting director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. "If there is asbestos and it needs to be removed, it must be done properly."
During MassDEP's initial inspection on September 7, 2012, there were pieces of asbestos concrete and tile debris in the basement and outside the structure adjacent to the basement door, mixed in with soil in a hole in the rear of the property. MassDEP also noted a 30-yard roll-off container in the driveway filled with demolition and renovation debris, carpeting, and black plastic bags. Pieces of tile were also observed on the carpeting and in a black plastic bag in the container.
MassDEP sampled the suspect materials and found that the materials contained asbestos. MassDEP then worked to ensure that Landworks and the owners of the property hired a licensed asbestos contractor to properly decontaminate the container and basement, containerized the waste, and properly disposed of all the asbestos-containing waste materials.
Landworks was penalized $53,937, with $9,000 payable to the Commonwealth and the remaining $44,937 suspended provided no further violations occur over the following two years. Tu Do and Kevin Nguyen were jointly penalized $31,100, with $3,000 payable and the remaining $28,100 suspended provided no further violations occur within the next year.
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.