SALEM/LYNNFIELD – According to a press release, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized Groom Construction Co, Inc. of Salem, $39,150 for hiring an unlicensed asbestos contractor, AEI Environmental LLC, of Lynnfield, to perform asbestos removal at two sites in 2010.
“Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can pose significant public health risks,” said Eric Worrall, deputy regional director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington. “It is critical that any asbestos abatement work is done by properly-licensed contractors to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.”
The first incident occurred at the Village Street School in Marblehead while the other incident occurred at the town of Bolton’s public safety building.
As a result of the violations, Groom has paid $8,700, and $30,450 will be suspended for a period of 12 months. In addition, Groom will have four of its personnel attend 16 hours of asbestos training within the next 180 days. Groom will also have one staff person attend a 40-hour training course for an asbestos supervisor within 180 days.
The Massachusetts DEP 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.