Oct 18, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- An Anderson man has been charged with illegally removing asbestos from an old textile mill.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reported ( http://bit.ly/17xNn0t ) a federal grand jury has charged 37-year-old Scott William Farmer.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Farmer could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for knowingly violating procedures governing air pollutants and endangerment by releasing air pollutants.
In addition to the nine federal charges, Farmer also faces three state charges. The state charges carry a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison.
The federal indictment accuses Farmer of failing to conduct an asbestos inspection or to notify state officials before he and his employees started removing steel beams and other metals from the mill last October.
It was unclear if Farmer has an attorney.
Source---Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com
Webmaster....Let's apply the same logic and punishment to all those who burn wood, and which then creates deadly woodsmoke air pollutants (PM.2.5) and endangerment to all!!!! The local officials, state officials, and federal officials need to get their act together and prohibit all wood burning, and severely punish those who violate this law...just as in the case in the above article.