Boston Construction Companies to Pay $100,000 Penalty to EPA for Improper Handling of Asbestos

A number of Boston-area construction companies that have been the focus of enforcement action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have settled their cases and will pay a combined penalty of $100,000 for violating the Clean Air Act.

According to the EPA, GSA, Goody Clancy and Associates, ATC Associates, Suffolk Construction Company and Fleet Industrial Services were all singled out for violating Clean Air Act requirements and regulations when removing asbestos products during a 2007 renovation project.

While working at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House Building in Boston, the construction and asbestos abatement companies were found to have improperly removed, handled, and disposed of asbestos-containing products they came across during the renovations.

The asbestos violations were uncovered by the EPA and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety following a joint inspection of the site. The EPA immediately issued a compliance order, forcing the abatement companies and building owner to remedy their actions. The four companies agreed to settle and pay the combined $100,000 fine on March 2.

Because of the McCormack Building’s close proximity to Boston’s downtown, which has many office buildings and is near popular tourist destinations such as Faneuil Hall and Boston Common, any loose asbestos released into the air could potentially be inhaled by thousands of people at any time. While prolonged asbestos exposure increases the chances of eventually developing a disease such as mesothelioma, even minimal exposure to the fibers can be enough to make one sick as well.

For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or company, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing a mesothelioma settlement is in your best interest.