Violations Found at Work Site in South Boston, Rental Property in Lawrence, and the company’s facilities in Woburn and Stoughton
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized a Massachusetts-licensed asbestos abatement contractor, NASDI, LLC, $140,910 for numerous asbestos and hazardous waste management violations found at the company’s facilities in Woburn and Stoughton, Manchester Street in Lawrence where it rented a storage trailer, and at a work site in South Boston.
“This licensed asbestos abatement contractor failed on numerous fronts to meet the requirements that are in place to protect the environment and the public,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.
“Multiple failures like this when dealing with asbestos-containing materials and waste oil is not acceptable, and MassDEP will make sure that those who violate the regulations are held responsible.”
MassDEP initially received a complaint about possible improper asbestos-abatement activities at a work site on 25 Drydock Ave. in South Boston on November 19, 2015. MassDEP inspected the site where NASDI had been conducting asbestos-abatement activities and found a waste trailer being used on-site that contained unwrapped metal debris with caulking, waste bags and window frames, all of which were sampled and later tested positive for containing asbestos.
MassDEP would subsequently determine violations at the following locations:
· Woburn: On June 1, 2016, MassDEP inspected the company’s Woburn facility and determined it was storing, removing and improperly disposing of asbestos air filters on-site. Also, waste oil was being stored at the site that was not registered to do so, along with numerous waste oil storage violations.
· Lawrence: On June 3, 2016, MassDEP inspected a waste trailer that NASDI, LLC was using on Manchester Street in Lawrence where it was storing asbestos-containing waste debris. This site was not approved for storage, and the materials were stored improperly.
· Stoughton: On July 18, 2016, MassDEP inspected the company’s Stoughton facility and determined it was improperly storing drums of asbestos-containing waste materials, and accepting, storing and burning waste oil in violation of hazardous-waste management regulations.
NASDI, LLC has agreed to correct all the violations at these locations and will pay $90,000 of the penalty. MassDEP has agreed to suspend the remaining $50,910, provided all terms of the order are met.
MassDEP 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.