MassDEP Determines Demolition of Mashpee Residence Violated Numerous Asbestos Regulations; Penalizes Individual $42,500 for Work Done Despite Knowledge of Asbestos

BOSTON MA (6/1/2018) – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Wellesley resident Dean Behrend $42,500 for violations of Massachusetts air pollution regulations. Behrend demolished a single-family residence at 6 Overlook Knoll Road in Mashpee in May 2016, despite knowing that the basement contained friable asbestos-containing material (ACM) attached to pipes.

Behrend did not remove the ACM prior to building demolition activities as is required by law, and improperly disposed of the ACM. MassDEP conducted a joint inspection with the Mashpee Fire Department and discovered the ACM on top of demolition debris in a roll-off container.

Testing the material confirmed the presence of ACM in the on-site dumpster, as well as in demolition debris waste from one other dumpster brought back to the site, which contained 70 and 85 percent chrysotile asbestos. An asbestos abatement work plan has been prepared by Behrend’s asbestos consultant to properly address the contamination and remove of all the asbestos-containing waste materials in a safe manner. Behrend will pay the full $42,500 penalty over 270 days.

“Dry, friable asbestos is a serious public health risk because the fibers can readily become airborne and can result in potentially life-threatening illnesses when inhaled,” said Millie Garcia-Serrano, director of MassDEP’s Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville. “Negligent disregard of the regulations by individuals conducting demolitions or renovations will not be tolerated.”

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.

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