From today’s Banker & Tradesman:
The owner of a Boston-based real estate development and management company was arraigned for the improper removal and disposal of asbestos at various properties throughout the Bay State and for failing to provide pay records and evading unemployment insurance payments.
Between 2005 and 2007, John McGrail, the principal of JM Realty and the founder of a group of businesses known as the Mayo Group, instructed his employees to perform demolition and renovation services at three Mayo Group properties in Lynn, Boston and Worcester. Authorities allege asbestos from those buildings was transferred to a warehouse at 177 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston, and thereafter distributed in dumpsters at various Mayo Group properties around Boston to be picked up with the regular trash.
According to authorities, construction debris containing asbestos was also dumped at a vacant lot on Bubier Street in Lynn. None of these locations was permitted for the disposal of asbestos waste.
McGrail and JM Realty violated the state Clean Air Act by failing to notify MassDEP of asbestos demolition, failing to follow mandated asbestos removal procedures during the demolition and renovation and improperly disposing of asbestos waste, according to authorities.