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Federal judge rules on Chattanooga asbestos case

A federal judge recently ruled on an asbestos case in Chattanooga that was filed against three men who allegedly polluted the city with asbestos fibers during a demolition project at an old textile mill.

The three men faced time in a federal prison for supposedly violating the Clean Air Act. One man has been sentenced to four years in prison, another was sentenced to 20 months, and the last was sentenced to 18 months. Each man and their respective companies were also fined over $20,000 in restitution that must be paid to the Environmental Protection Agency. The three men are supposed to report to prison on November 16.

According to court documents, the demolition project took place between August 2004 and December 2005 and sent asbestos-containing dust throughout the city, mainly residential areas. One man was the property owner, another was the site foreman, and the third man was a demolition contractor. Together they were charged in a 10-count indictment with conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

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