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Connecticut Man Pleads to Illegal Asbestos Removal

Release Date: 01/13/2005
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Contact: John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(01/13/05) Michael J. Robichaud of Milford, Conn., pleaded guilty on Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven, Conn., to violating the Clean Air Act by directing his employees to remove asbestos without following federal workplace standards. The defendant’s company, MJR Contracting LLC, was licensed to provide asbestos abatement services. The violation took place in January 2003, when MJR Contracting was performing asbestos abatement at the Pequot Motor Inn in Fairfield, Conn. Not following federal workplace standards can expose workers to the inhalation of asbestos fibers which can cause lung cancer, a lung disease known as “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. When sentenced, Robichaud faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office in New Haven.