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Utah Man Indicted in Asbestos Case

Release Date: 03/16/2005
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Contact: Stacie Findon, 202-564-4355 /

(03/16/05) The indictment of Alan Young of St. George, Utah, in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City was announced on March 3. Young is charged with being involved in a scheme to conceal the illegal handling of asbestos-containing material. Young worked as a supervisor on the Black Ridge Road Project in St. George during January and February of 2001. During this time concrete water pipes containing asbestos were excavated and crushed and federal workplace standards for asbestos were allegedly not followed. Not following workplace standards can expose workers to the inhalation of airborne asbestos which is a cause of lung cancer, a lung disease known as "asbestosis" and mesothelioma which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Salt Lake City Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the Utah attorney general's Office. It is being prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. attorney's office in Salt Lake City.