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Asbestos News

City will not have to pay for additional asbestos cleanup at Massachusetts demolition site
The state of Massachusetts has pledged that the city of Quincy will not have to pay for increased costs associated with asbestos discoveries at the Quincy Fair Mall demolition site, the Patriot Ledger reports.

The cost of the demolition project may have doubled after contractor J.R. Vinagro began to tear down the building over the summer, the news provider said. Asbestos-containing tiles were reportedly discovered under a false floor in a movie theater in the building.

While officials said it was not uncommon for asbestos to go undetected when it is concealed underneath false floors, they added that an October 29 discovery of the material in visible floor tiles was less forgivable, the news source said.

As a result, the state Department of Transportation, which is constructing a road through Quincy Center using federal stimulus money, has not yet paid Vinagro for the work on October 29.

"It wasn’t something that was between floors, it was visible," said Francis Sandonato, Quincy’s clerk of the works for the demolition project. "[The state] was balking on paying it. They didn’t think that the material was in any way hidden. It was in clear view. So everyone’s going to be pointing the finger."

Richard Nangle, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, added that "the city will not be on the hook for any of this."

It is important that all asbestos is removed from buildings prior to their demolition because the dangerous mineral fibers can cause a range of serious illnesses including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

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