A developer has recently plead guilty to asbestos violations that spur from the redevelopment project of a sawmill. The developer stated that he hired an unlicensed contractor in order to demolish an old building and when doing so, asbestos particles were sent into the air near a residential neighborhood.
After this occurred, the site was declared a Superfund by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and nearly$ 1.6 million was spent in order to clean up the area. When the cleanup process occurred, it was found that there was nearly 4 million pounds of asbestos on the site.
The developer entered a plea deal and was ordered to pay restitution for the cleanup, which totaled to $1.6 million. The 68-year-old man will also complete 300 hours of community service and will be placed on probation for three years. The property featured multiple buildings that had varying degrees of damage.
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