DEP pressures Wilton mill owners to clean up asbestos

Posted June 11, 2012, at 5:44 a.m.

WILTON, Maine — The state is trying to pressure two private companies to complete the asbestos removal from the Forster Manufacturing mill so it can be demolished.

The Morning Sentinel reports that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is moving forward with fines and other steps.

Demolition work stopped in July when testing showed high levels of asbestos.

Abatement Professionals Corp. of Westbrook was hired by building owner Adam Mack and Ryan Byther of Down East Construction in late August after the federal Environmental Protection Agency was prepared to come in and do the cleanup.

But now DEP is preparing to take over the asbestos removal if the companies’ owners don’t start soon, Samantha Depoy-Warren, spokeswoman for the agency, told the Morning Sentinel.

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