For Immediate Release - November 01, 2013

MassDEP Fines Pembroke Demolition Contractor $10,000 for Asbestos Violations at Pittsfield Site

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $10,000 penalty against Francesco Demolition, Inc. of Pembroke for violating the state asbestos regulations. The violations occurred at 149-153 Bartlett Ave. in Pittsfield.  

MassDEP discovered the violations during a March 28, 2012 inspection of asbestos abatement work that had been conducted at the vacant building on Bartlett Avenue. MassDEP found that Francesco's subcontractor had removed asbestos transite siding from the building without instituting the proper asbestos handling procedures.

As part of a consent order, MassDEP issued a $10,000 penalty and Francesco Demolition must pay $2,500 of the penalty. MassDEP has agreed to suspend $7,500 of the penalty provided the company complies with the terms of the order and remains in compliance with the state asbestos-handling regulations for two years.

"MassDEP's asbestos regulations protect public health and the environment by establishing safe handling practices to prevent the release of asbestos fibers," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "Asbestos, a known carcinogen, must be properly handled to ensure that the general public is adequately protected from exposure to asbestos fibers."

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.  More information on asbestos, including health effects, can be obtained from MassDEP's web site at: http://www.mass.gov/dep/air/asbguid.htm

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.