The owner had permits for demolition, but did not have a permit for asbestos removal, said Leon Bethune, the director of the environmental health office at the Boston Public Health Commission. Removing the asbestos shingles required permits from both the health commission and the Department of Environmental Protection, Bethune said.
After inspecting the shingles, the health commission determined that they were in fact asbestos and should have been removed prior to demolition.
“Basically, [the owner] violated a whole bunch of laws by doing this,” Bethune said.
My disappointment at the lack of neighborly consideration became outrage today when I passed the sight and saw an asbestos abatement crew and signs warning about "cancer and lung disease hazard".