- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Penalizes Newton Fire and Flood for Asbestos Violations
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced it has assessed a penalty of $80,300 to Newton Fire and Flood, Inc. for asbestos violations that occurred at a private property in Newton during February 2018. Newton Fire and Flood, Inc. is a mold mitigation company located at 1191 Washington St., Newton, and had been hired to mitigate water damage to an unoccupied residential single-family home on Devonshire Road.
“The proper removal of asbestos and disposal are subject to federal and state regulations,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeastern Regional Office in Wilmington. “Companies engaged in mitigation work need to keep public safety paramount and follow proper protocol to prevent possible asbestos fibers from becoming airborne and posing an exposure threat to workers and others nearby.”
Newton Fire and Flood had been retained in January 2018 by the property owner to assist with water damage. Sheet-flooring inside the building had delaminated due to water damage. After an attempt to begin cleanup by the company was initiated, an asbestos survey was conducted confirming the presence of asbestos. MassDEP approved asbestos removal under a non-traditional work plan on February 23, 2018.
MassDEP conducted a follow-up inspection of the property on March 26, 2018, and found damaged sheet flooring in the kitchen, visible dust and debris on first floor surfaces, and some of the asbestos flooring was missing and no longer at the site. The company did not conduct the cleanup plan and the owner ended up having to take responsibility for the cleanup.
For numerous asbestos violations, Newton Fire and Flood agreed under a consent order to pay $22,750 of the penalty with $57,550 suspended provided the company does not violate any of the cited provisions for a period of one 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.