AG Reaches $55,000 Settlement with Worcester Developer

 by Tom MarinoMarch 19, 2021

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Friday, March 19, that Worcester property developer ASAA, LLC and its manager have agreed to pay up to $55,000 to settle allegations made by the state.

A consent judgement settles allegations that the company and its manager, Anthony Bianco, knowingly failed to report releases of oil and hazardous materials at a property they redeveloped into a residential apartment building and neglected to protect public health and safety, as required by state law.

The state alleged company’s failure to submit required documentation to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection [MassDEP] violated the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act, and its implementing regulations.

According to the Attorney General's complaint, the company failed to provide documentation needed to verify the proper transport and disposal of stockpiles of:

  • Arsenic and lead contaminated soil
  • A drum containing approximately 20-gallons of sludge scraped from the bottom of an underground heating oil storage tank
  • Asbestos-containing materials from window glazing, window caulking, door frame caulking, roofing materials and roofing cement removed from the building during the renovation.

Out of the $55,000 in civil penalties in the consent judgment, $25,000 may be suspended and waived if the defendants comply with their requirements in the settlement.

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