For Immediate Release - May 12, 2014

MassDEP Penalizes Contractor $17,050 for Asbestos Violations at Medical Office on Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge

Empire Today, LLC Cited for Improper Removal of Asbestos Tiles During Renovation Work

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Empire Today, LLC $17,050 for asbestos violations that were discovered during an inspection of the West Cambridge Pediatric & Adolescence Medicine Center at 575 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge. Empire Today had been hired to perform the renovation work at the property.  

Samples of floor tiles collected at the Cambridge site on February 23, 2012 tested positive for asbestos, as did a second set of samples collected from a location in Framingham where floor tile material and other debris had been taken. Empire Today is the responsible party for the work that was done.

"The building owner hired Empire Today to conduct this work and it was Empire Today that failed to ensure the work was safely implemented, and this allowed the improper removal of asbestos to occur," said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. "It is unacceptable to have asbestos tiles removed without the proper precautions and disposed of carelessly."

The company, once informed of the violations, stopped any further work at the medical office, cleared the facility of occupancy, retained the services of a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to abate the improper removal and fully and properly completed the remaining work under applicable regulations.

Empire Today will pay $12,700 within 30 days, and thereafter, provided there are no violations of the asbestos/air regulations within the following year, the remaining $4,350 will be suspended by MassDEP.

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 at: 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.