The men were indicted by a Norfolk County grand jury for their role in improperly removing asbestos from a single-family rental property in Medway. David Einis, 58, of Weston, and Nicholas Pasquantonio, 41, of Plainville, were indicted on two counts of violating the Massachusetts Clean Air Act, failure to file a notice of asbestos removal with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and failure to prevent asbestos emissions, said Attorney General Martha Coakley in a statement.
The charges are in response to an asbestos abatement procedure from December 2010. Einis hired Pasquantonio, of Johnnyâ€™s Oil Service Inc., to replace the boiler in the property that is home to a family with children. Pasquantonio is not a licensed asbestos contractor.
Pasquantonio did not seal off the basement while he was replacing the boiler and when MassDEP inspected the site, it was discovered that Pasquantonio allowed asbestos to become loose and airborne.
This could lead to serious illnesses for the entire family, including mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma occurs after a victim is exposed to asbestos fibers. It affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest and there is currently no cure for it.
Neither Einis nor Pasquantonio notified MassDEP that they would be disturbing asbestos when replacing the boiler and did not follow proper procedures to contain the asbestos. The Department of Labor Standards requires the removal of asbestos be performed by a licensed contractor and certain safety procedures must be followed.
In addition, Pasquantonio allegedly threatened the tenants not to testify against him once he became aware he might be criminally charged criminally.
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