Properties Central, Inc. of Worcester Assessed $18,800 Penalty for Asbestos Violations at Residential Property
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed Properties Central, Inc. of Worcester an $18,800 penalty for violations of asbestos regulations that occurred at a vacant residential property undergoing renovation in Worcester. Properties Central, Inc., a real estate company, bought the house at14 Hadwen Lane and were renovating it before putting it up for sale.
In September 2016, MassDEP inspectors responding to a complaint observed that Properties Central, Inc. improperly removed asbestos-containing heating system insulation from pipes in the basement of property. MassDEP required Properties Central, Inc. to retain a licensed asbestos contractor to clean and decontaminate the property and to remove any remaining asbestos-containing materials in compliance with the regulations.
MassDEP regulations require notification to MassDEP 10 working days prior to commencing any asbestos removal work so that the agency is aware of the removal work and has the opportunity to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the regulations.
"Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following required work practices is imperative to protect workers as well as the general public," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Failure to do so will result in penalties, as well as escalated cleanup, decontamination and monitoring costs."
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 here.
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.