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November 5, 2019

Framingham firm fined $50K for asbestos violations

Photo | Courtesy Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

A Framingham company has been fined nearly $50,000 for violating asbestos regulations for a building project in Southbridge, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday.

The firm, SMBG, had workers remove waste materials containing asbestos from a multi-unit residential building on West Street in Southbridge, and brought bags of the material to a facility in Walpole operated by a licensed asbestos contractor affiliated with SMBG, the state said.

The work was done without required air filtration, leak-tight containment or prior notification to the DEP, according to the department's complaint. SMBG couldn't be reached for comment.

“Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and following required work practices is imperative to protect workers, as well as the general public,” Mary Jude Pigsley, the director of the DEP’s regional office in Worcester, said in a statement.

As part of a settlement, the DEP has required SMBG to retain a licensed asbestos contractor to clean and decontaminate all affected areas of the apartment building and to remove and dispose of all asbestos-containing waste materials in compliance with the regulations, the state said. The company must also pay a $12,730 fine, with the remaining amount waived if the company has no further asbestos violations for a year.

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