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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

DEP fines Shrewsbury contractor

SHREWSBURY

A Shrewsbury contractor was fined $36,625 by the state for alleged asbestos removal violations at a Worcester renovation site, the Department of Environmental Protection announced yesterday.

Joseph T. Duggan of Shrewsbury was renovating buildings at 225-233 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, when DEP discovered the alleged violations of asbestos removal. The DEP reported that it found 12 unmarked trash bags containing asbestos insulation during an inspection of the property in February 2006. The insulation material also was observed uncontained on the floor. The DEP reported that the material had been stored at the location for about two weeks.

Mr. Duggan was cited for failing to notify the DEP of the renovation operation, and for improperly storing asbestos materials in accordance with state regulations, according to the agency.

After discovering the problem, the DEP halted the project and required Mr. Duggan to hire a licensed asbestos contractor to remove the material.

-- Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

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