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New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Illegal Asbestos Removal
Release Date: 06/02/2004
Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 / email@example.com
(06/02/04) Kevin Craffey of Duxbury, N.H., pled guilty on May 21 in Coos County Superior Court to charges that he performed an unlicenced removal of asbestos from the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, N.H., and that he illegally disposed of the asbestos during the resort’s renovation in 2001. The Court sentenced Craffey to pay the state of New Hampshire $82,000 in restitution and pay a $150,000 forfeiture to the Asbestos Management and Control Fund of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. In addition, Craffey will serve two months at the House of Corrections with an additional 22 month sentence deferred for two years upon his release, complete 150 hours of community service, comply with all other environmental regulations that pertain to the Mountain View Grand Resort and its property, and compose and complete an interactive environmental program for future redevelopers. The illegal removal of asbestos can expose people to inhale asbestos fibers which is a know cause of lung cancer, a lung disease known as “asbestosis” and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Criminal and Environmental Protection Bureaus of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the Coos County Sheriff, the Carroll County Sheriff, the Whitefield Police Department, the Belknap County Sheriff, the Boston Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center. It was prosecuted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.