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President of Ohio Company Indicted for Illegal Asbestos Removal

Release Date: 06/16/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 /

(06/16/04) Brett B. Pomeroy, President of Nelson Bedding Products, Inc., in Youngstown, Ohio, was indicted on June 9 for allegedly removing asbestos illegally, and failing to properly dispose of removed asbestos. The defendant allegedly directed an individual to illegally remove the asbestos from the Nelson Building’s basement in Youngstown, while the plant was in operation and people were working elsewhere in the building. Improperly removing asbestos can cause workers and other people entering the work area to inhale airborne asbestos fibers, which is a known cause of lung cancer, the lung disease “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Cleveland Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Mahonig/Trumbull County Air Pollution Control Agency. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until convicted in a court of law.