Two New York men were sentenced to 21 months in prison after improperly cleaning up and disposing of asbestos materials in the city of Malone.
“The work was done without a trained supervisor and without sealing off the work area to prevent material from becoming airborne, according to the indictment.
The indictment also accused Mills and Allen of transporting bags of the material from 144 Elm St. via U-Haul to a shed owned by the Village Department of Public Works.”
Asbestos exposure is still a serious problem in the United States. Since asbestos materials were used extensively in construction projects up until the 1980’s, home remodels, renovations, and demolitions pose serious risks for property managers, construction workers, and innocent tenants.
When proper procedures are not followed to dispose of asbestos, everyone’s health is put at risk. These two individuals pleaded guilty to violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), or “Superfund,” and conspiracy to defraud and commit offenses against the United States.
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