Rhode Island Company Fined for Asbestos Violations
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In October of last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined a Johnston, Rhode Island company $256,320 for violations of the Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos (NESHA). Between 2004 and 2005, the company demolished buildings that formerly housed a foundry. The buildings had been damaged in a 2004 fire.
The fine was incurred after the EPA alleged that the company failed to follow regulations controlling the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). The company was cited for:
- Failure to thoroughly inspect for asbestos prior to demolition
- Failure to provide the EPA with prior written notification of the demolition
- Failure to adequately wet asbestos during stripping operations
- Failure to keep asbestos adequately wet until it was collected and contained for disposal
- Failure to properly dispose of asbestos waste
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