The citizens of Natick, Massachusetts are $1 million in taxes poorer as cleanup of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) buried on the site of a future fire station was unearthed during construction. But why were they found on what was otherwise an empty lot and how did they get there? It’s important to understand how the legacy of asbestos and a lack of following federal and state guidelines not only create a costly problem but also potentially endangers the lives of everyone involved, knowing or not.
Why Were Asbestos Debris Buried in Natick?
A new fire station was set to go up in West Natick with construction planned to finish in 2020. That was until this summer when buried 10 feet under was a collection of asbestos debris, including tiles and construction materials totaling about 200 square yards. That was July. Now in January, cleanup – which totaled to $1 million in city funds – is wrapping up, leaving construction far behind schedule in the dead of winter. Since the city only took ownership ten years ago, it’s currently unknown who buried this in the first place as the city is focusing right now on construction over litigation.
Dealing with Asbestos Debris During Demolition or Remodeling
And it’s important to note, it’s illegal to bury the asbestos as they did. If a commercial building is going to be demolished, it needs to be inspected for hazardous materials. For asbestos, that means an inspector with AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) accreditation. While there are a few exceptions to this inspection, you should consult your State or EPA coordinator for NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) to be certain. Handy link for contacts by state, here.
If you’ve discovered asbestos at your construction site or need asbestos removal at a demolition site, we can help. Fiber Control, Inc. has years of experience in asbestos removal and abatement, both here in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Contact us to gets started. Want to learn more about asbestos? Check out our blogs, The Danger of Asbestos During Building Damage or Destruction and What is Asbestos Abatement?