SHREWSBURY – A Shrewsbury-based plumbing and heating company received a fine of $45,200 by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for not adhering to state asbestos regulations during a home renovation in the town.
A complaint led to a MassDEP inspection in January 2022 that revealed a home renovation Flynn Plumbing & Heating took place without an asbestos survey. MassDEP says the company also failed to notify it about the asbestos abatement work. The inspection found the company was non-compliant with the mandated procedures for asbestos removal, handling, and storage.law.
MassDEP required Flynn Plumbing & Heating to hire a licensed asbestos contractor to decontaminate the site and properly dispose of the asbestos material. While the company faces a $45,200 penalty, they are required to pay $11,300 upfront. The remainder of the fine is suspended on the condition that the company does not violate any regulations for the next year.
“Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and its proper handling is non-negotiable,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, the director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “It is imperative for the safety of workers, residents, and the public that all companies comply with the regulations designed to manage materials containing asbestos.”
MassDEP urges property owners and contractors to reach out to their regional offices for guidance on managing asbestos-containing materials and adhering to the regulations.