A for Asbestos Can Lead to I for Indictment

Why homeowners should take caution!

Ok we all know that Asbestos is bad for you, in fact it can and does cause Cancer.

However I hear many times from people that after such a long time, it’s no longer active etc… Well I’m not sure where people get their information from, but you really should heed caution here! Asbestos is a CANCER CAUSING material. It takes only one fiber embedded into your lungs to give you Mesothelomia.

Asbestos is in many things, not just found on basement pipes. It can be in Vermiculite Insulation, Siding that looks like it has ridges, small vinyl looking tiles that usually measure 9x9 and some roofing tiles as well. It is very important that while doing homeowner repairs that you identify and have a professional remove and properly dispose of the product. This is extremely important because there are legal ramifications for illegally removing of and disposing this hazardous product and guess what your neighbors will rat you out if you do!

I recently had a listing in a two-unit condo building where the downstairs owner had put trash bags in the windows and had removed all the Asbestos herself, stuffed it into garbage bags and took it to her parents house to dispose of. The neighbors had a hunch and called the EPA who immediately sealed off the area and started a very intense legal process against this woman. She unfortunately also illegally dumped the material at her parents’ house so she involved them in this mess too. The ironic part is that she was a REALTOR who worked for a big franchise company.

The cost of removal and clean up in the end is less money than the legal ramifications and legal fees. You can go to jail.

If you are getting your house ready for sale and you think it would be a good idea to remove the asbestos from the basement so as to not concern buyers, THINK AGAIN! You will only create airborne dust particles of asbestos, contaminate your own home, put your family at risk and get into a lot of legal trouble. 

So next you see something that you think is suspect, call a professional or you might end up in the clink!

For more information go to www.epa.gov/asbestos/

Chris Gagen March 10, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Jim, as always... great posts!
Cheryl Tully Stoll March 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Misters Rizoli: You have claimed that many of your actions in the community have been based on the fact that others are "breaking the law." You've used this excuse countless times to justify your views and actions. This article was a cautionary tale about NOT breaking the law and a public health hazard. For some reason you have chosen to make a federal case out of it (pardon the pun). Gentlemen, you can't have it both ways. Ms. Zizza wrote a very informative and responsible article that you should appreciate if you actually believe in following the law.
Jim Rizoli March 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Cheryl....I agree....but like anything written there are other things to consider. In regards to breaking the LAW let me count the ways...... our police, other town services the list goes on. Should I start....... In regards to law in Framingham....there is NO law, s each person does what he/she feels is rght in their own eyes. The only thing you have to be worried about is being caught and even if that happens no one really cares, unless you pizz off someone who can beat you down. Jim@ccfiile.com
Sharon S March 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
For anyone who thinks this is not a serious matter, you are sadly mistaken. I lost my mother to mesothelioma almost five years ago. She was 69 years old and she was exposed as a child when her father worked as an auto mechanic replacing asbestos brakes. She was exposed again as an adult during the early years of her marriage, when my father worked as a construction worker. She only survived fifteen months after her initial diagnosis because the symptoms are silent until it's almost too late. She suffered horribly, and through no fault of her own. I often wonder why mother was inflicted with this terrible disease through second hand exposure, while my father remains healthy despite being in direct contact with asbestos. I also wonder if I will ever develop this disease, or will any of my siblings develop it, since we were all exposed as children. My mother was exposed prior to there being any knowledge about the dangers of this product, as were many of us. The laws in place are there to protect us from future exposure. Anyone who thinks this is a joke, please consider the reality that people do die from exposure, and you do not have to rub your face in it. Ignoring the law is not just illegal, it is irresponsible and immoral!
Jim Rizoli March 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Sharon....Sorry about the loss of your mother due to Asbestos. But you prove my case....some people can be exposed to it and have no problems while others will die quickly. Again no one is minimizing the problems with asbestos.....but, there are worse things out there to kill people. Why do women get more cancer than men? That is the question you should be investigating....I have my theories. By the way driving without a seatbelt is probably more dangerous today than getting cancer....Do you wear one? Would you consuder that irresponsible and immoral. Jim@ccfiile.com


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