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builders penalized $37,625 for asbestos violations

Town and Country Builders of Whitinsville and its owner, Denis Latour, were fined $37,625 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to follow safe and legal asbestos removal procedures during a project in Uxbridge.

During a December 2012 inspection, DEP inspectors observed that Mr. Latour had improperly removed more than 100 linear feet of asbestos-containing pipe insulation from a multifamily residential property on Bouffard Street.

Numerous pieces of dry, friable asbestos-containing insulation were discovered uncontained on the basement floor of the property and also in an unmarked tarp lying outside in the yard. Also, inspectors found the asbestos insulation had not been wet, the work area had not been sealed off and air-filtration units were not used during the removal work as required, according to DEP.

DEP had also not been notified in advance of the asbestos removal project as required by state regulations.

Upon discovery, DEP required Mr. Latour to immediately retain the services of a state Department of Labor Standards-licensed asbestos contractor to properly handle, package and dispose of all the asbestos waste in the yard, and to clean up and decontaminate the basement and all affected areas of the property.

DEP regulations require notification to the agency in advance of an asbestos-removal project, as well as proper removal, handling, packaging, labeling, storage and disposal of asbestos waste materials. These critical measures prevent the release of and potential exposure to asbestos fibers, and warn of the health hazards associated with that type of waste material.

For these violations, DEP assessed a penalty of $37,625, but agreed to suspend $7,525 of that penalty provided the company does not have repeat violations for one year.

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