Pittsfield contractor fined $24K over asbestos issue

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has fined an abatement contractor nearly $25,000 for violating state asbestos regulations.

In a statement to 22News, Mass DEP discovered the violations against MJ Environmental during an inspection of asbestos abatement work at a building on Bartlett Street in Pittsfield in March 2012. The contractor was cited for improper removal of asbestos materials that site.

In a consent order, MJ Environmental was required to pay $10,000. Mass DEP has agreed to suspend the remaining $14,400 fine if the contracting company complies with the state’s asbestos handling regulations for two years.

“Asbestos contractors must be held accountable for the protection of the public health and welfare of the general public,” said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield. “MassDEP will take firm enforcement action against non-compliant contractors to protect public health and level the playing field with the vast majority of contractors who do comply with the regulations.”

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