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Former Connecticut Economic Development Director Convicted of Asbestos Charges

Release Date: 04/14/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

04/14/04 - Michael Saad, former Economic Development Director for the town of Plainfield, Conn. was convicted on Apr. 2 for charges that he knowingly directed the demolition of a building without following federal workplace regulations. Saad advised Edward Carroll to demolish portions of the Manufacturing Building at the Inter-Royal Mill in Plainfield, Conn., knowing that these areas contained asbestos that had not been properly remediated. The failure to remediate asbestos before demolition can cause asbestos fibers to become airborne and be inhaled by workers and the public. Inhaling asbestos fibers is a known cause of lung cancer, the lung disease “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma, cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. When sentenced, Saad faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by the Boston Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Plainfield Police Department with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven.