A property owner and the heating contractor he hired to work on a rental property are being charged with allegedly removing dangerous asbestos products illegally and violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act in the process.
According to a press release from state Attorney General Martha Coakley, 58-year-old David Einis hired 41-year-old Nicholas Pasquantonio to replace a boiler at a Medway, MA property he owned. Pasquantono was not a licensed asbestos contractor.
While working at the property, Pasquantonio did not properly seal the basement while he worked with products that contained asbestos. Additionally, Einis and Pasquantonio never obeyed clean air laws by notifying the state that they had disturbed asbestos products during the renovation.
The Medway Board of Health eventually learned of the illegal asbestos work taking place on the property and notified the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), which sent officials to inspect the site and allegedly found that improper removal and release of asbestos had taken place.
Einis and Pasquantonio were each eventually indicted on two counts of failing to file a notice of asbestos removal with MassDEP and failure to prevent asbestos emissions.
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