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Chicago Warehouse Owner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Asbestos Removal

Release Date: 03/10/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 /

(03/10/04) On Feb. 26, John D. Crededio, owner of a warehouse in Chicago, Ill., pled guilty to charges that he was responsible for a 1999 illegal asbestos removal project at his warehouse in violation of the Clean Air Act. Specifically, the defendant admitted that he failed to ensure that regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) was adequately wetted prior to its removal and failed to ensure that removed RACM was kept wet until collected or treated for disposal. Failing to wet RACM can lead to the airborne release of asbestos fibers. Inhaling such fibers 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 Chicago Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.