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Man pleads guilty in federal court for violating asbestos removal laws

A man from Harper has recently plead guilty in a federal court for violating the environmental laws put in place when removing asbestos from a building. Asbestos is known carcinogen when it becomes disturbed and is the primary cause of the lung cancer, mesothelioma.

According to sources close to the case, the man’s charges stem from a building that he was in charge of demolishing nearly three years ago. The 55-year-old man has admitted that he was guilty for not filing a demolition notification with the Environmental Protection Agency before beginning to tear down the building.

After an inspection was done by health officials it was determined that the debris from the building contained asbestos that was in floor tiles. The man’s sentencing will be in April and he is facing a maximum fine of $250,000 and a maximum prison sentence of two years.

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