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Vermont Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Removing Asbestos in Connecticut

Release Date: 02/14/2003
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Teresa Libera 202-564-7873/

(02/14/03) On Feb. 5, Edward Carroll of Ludlow, Vt., plead guilty to violating the Clean Air Act by failing to remove asbestos before conducting a demolition project in Plainfield, Conn. In fall of 2000, Carroll conducted demolition and renovation activities at the Inter-Royal Mill in Plainfield. Prior to the demolition, he failed to remove all asbestos-containing materials (ACM). The failure to remove ACM before demolition can cause asbestos fibers to become airborne where they can be inhaled by workers and the public. Inhaling asbestos fibers is a known cause of lung cancer, a lung disease known as “asbestosis,” and mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. When sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in New Haven, Carroll faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of up to $500,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division Boston Area Office 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.