New York City Asbestos Violations

US EPA  Enforcement

Last updated on June 18, 2016


1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Michael Mark LaCommare
S.D.  New York  1:13CR00248JGK

A New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) report shows that the defendant preformed an illegal asbestos abatement of 400 linear feet of asbestos pipe insulation and 1000 square feet of asbestos tile; removing it with mechanical means. There was no notification with the NYC DEP or the U.S. EPA. There was no critical barrier, no personnel wearing protective gear and no air monitoring.

April 2, 2013

LaCommare was charged with violating the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1) – knowingly violates}.

CITATION: 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(1)

August 7, 2013

LaCommare pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 months probation, with 3 months home confinement and ordered to pay a $2,000 federal fine.


  • Clean Air Act (CAA)

Below however is a 2016 EPA list of Certified Asbestos Investigators listing the same Michael Mark LaCommare as good to go in service certified, ID# 118702, his certification set to expire next month 7/19/2016 with his telephone number helpfully  listed if you want him to swing by your place of business or residence and let him take another shot at removing asbestos safely and legally.The EPA thinks it trusts him.



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