Recently, a Philadelphia contractor was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. Not only did Anthony Biello II neglect to notify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Management Services in the City of Philadelphia that he was removing asbestos from a Philadelphia church in 2009, but he also forged documents that indicated that he received approval for the job.
As a result, Biello was sentenced to a year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $12,000 to the city of Philadelphia. He will also serve two years of supervised release, during which time he will not be allowed to work in asbestos removal.
The EPA and others view these offenses as criminal acts. “There is no ‘safe’ level of exposure to asbestos. It is a serious threat to the general public’s health and safety. Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who try to make money by breaking the law and putting others at potential risk will be vigorously prosecuted,” said David G. McLeod, Jr., of the EPA.
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