According to a recent news report from the Valley Patriot, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) fined two asbestos abatement contractors. The fines were over $46,000 each for violations discovered during a routine inspection. Both violations occurred at the same commercial site at which both asbestos removal companies had been hired to perform work. The site was located in Burlington, Massachusetts.
MassDEP discovered violations during an inspection in December 2014. Specifically, inspectors found 150 feet of pipe insulation made of asbestos-laden material had been placed in bags that did not have airtight seals, as required by state and federal law. The asbestos pipe insulation was also removed dry, despite a requirement all material be wet prior to removal.