Contractor fined for illegal removal and disposal of cancer-causing asbestos

29 Nov 2018 by under News

home renovation flooring 100x100 Contractor fined for illegal removal and disposal of cancer causing asbestosA Wilmington, Massachusetts contractor and two of his companies were fined $125,000 to settle claims of illegal removal and disposal of asbestos and other construction debris during the demolition of a home in the community.

“Construction and demolition work involving asbestos must be done in a safe and legal way to protect workers and the public,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a news release. “We will take action against contractors who illegally dispose of asbestos and put the public at risk of harm.”

The judgment, which was filed in Suffolk Superior Court, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office against ., LLC, and Jonathan S. Langone, the president and manager of both properties.

The lawsuit alleged that the Langone and his companies violated the state’s clean air law during the demolition of the single-family house in Wilmington, and failed to remove exterior asbestos-containing shingles from the house as well. Instead, their actions caused a visible plume of dust containing cancer-causing asbestos to be emitted into the air, posing a risk to the health of workers as well as residents living in close proximity.

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in building materials decades ago. In the 1980s, its use was restricted. It had been known for years that asbestos could cause serious health risks to those exposed to the mineral. Asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. It can take years for asbestos-related cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, prognosis is generally dire.

Source: Mass AG

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