Asbestos contractors from R.I., Middleboro fined $45,412 by DEP

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has assessed a $45,412.50 penalty jointly to J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc. of Cumberland, R.I. and Costello Dismantling Company, Inc. of Middleboro for violations of DEP’s asbestos regulations that occurred during work that the companies conducted in Worcester, the DEP announced in a press release Monday. DEP […]

BOSTON —

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has assessed a $45,412.50 penalty jointly to J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc. of Cumberland, R.I. and Costello Dismantling Company, Inc. of Middleboro for violations of DEP’s asbestos regulations that occurred during work that the companies conducted in Worcester, the DEP announced in a press release Monday.

DEP personnel observed the violations during a November 2008 inspection of the work site located at 25 Tobias Boland Way. During the inspection, DEP asbestos program personnel observed significant quantities of concrete duct bank containing asbestos transite pipe that had been excavated, broken up, and stockpiled in an uncontained manner at the site. Upon discovery of the violations, DEP required that a Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety licensed asbestos contractor be retained to properly remove, package and dispose of all the asbestos-containing waste being stored at the site.

In the consent order, the companies were cited for failing to notify DEP of a demolition/renovation operation involving asbestos-containing materials; for improper handling, packaging and storage of asbestos-containing waste materials; and for allowing asbestos-containing materials to be handled in a manner that caused or contributed to a condition of air pollution. Under the terms of the order, the companies agreed to remain in compliance with applicable regulations in the future, and pay the penalty.

“Contractors doing demolition and construction site work in Massachusetts must be fully aware of their responsibilities under the regulations to identify asbestos-containing materials which they encounter in the course of their work, and then take appropriate response actions,” said Martin Suuberg, director of DEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Failing to identify asbestos materials and immediately take measures to have them removed, handled, packaged and stored in accordance with the regulations is an extremely serious oversight that potentially exposes workers and the general public to a known carcinogen. Noncompliance inevitably results in significant penalty exposure, as well as escalated cleanup, decontamination, disposal and monitoring costs.”

Property owners or contractors with questions about asbestos-containing materials, proper removal, handling, packaging, storage and disposal procedures, or the asbestos regulations in general are encouraged to contact the appropriate DEP Regional Office for assistance.

DEP 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.

By Staff reports
GateHouse News Service
 

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