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November 9, 2023

Shrewsbury company fined $45K for asbestos violation

Photo | Courtesy Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Flynn Plumbing & Heating, a Shrewsbury-based plumbing and heating company, has been fined $45,200 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for violations of asbestos regulations.

MassDEP became aware of the violations after a complaint led to a January 2022 inspection of a Shrewsbury home where Flynn was conducting work, according to a Wednesday press release issued by the department. The department found Flynn failed to conduct a proper survey of the worksite and failed to notify MassDEP of work performed to remove asbestos from the home.

Under the terms of the agreement that MassDEP reached with Flynn, the company will pay $11,300 of the penalty, with the rest of the amount being suspended if the company avoids further violations for a period of one year. In addition to the fine, the company will be required to retain a licensed asbestos contractor to decontaminate the property and properly dispose of any asbestos waste that may be still present.

“Asbestos is a known carcinogen and an issue that can neither be ignored nor taken lightly,” Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester, said in the statement. “It is vital that companies prioritize the health and safety of workers, residents and the public by complying with state regulations to properly identify and remove materials containing asbestos before beginning any renovation or other work on a residential, commercial or institutional structure.”

Flynn Plumbing & Heating was founded in 1976 and serves residential customers in the MetroWest area, according to its website. The company did not respond to a request for comment from WBJ.

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