Federal and state environmental authorities raided an industrial park in New York whose owner has a history of asbestos violations.
As reported inThe Albany Times-Union, the raid comes as a federal grand jury is investigating five years of asbestos-related projects undertaken at the Hilton Center in Rensselaer. The city closed the industrial park last month.
A May 23 federal subpoena indicates the grand jury has sought documents related to asbestos removal at the site from the city’s code enforcement office and building department, including asbestos surveys, financial records, and communications from owner Arthur Hilton and his companies Hilton Management LLC, and PRO Manufacturing Co. The documents are related to 20 Forbes Ave., the industrial park where the raid took place.
According to the Times-Union, Hilton pleaded guilty in 2004 to illegally removing asbestos from the industrial park site.
Penalties for the illegal disposal of asbestos-containing material are considerable. In one case, an Illinois man was sentenced for 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for the illegal removal, handling, and disposal of asbestos from a building, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The man was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $47,000 to the EPA for the cleanup of the toxic material.
Exposure to asbestos carries a high risk of serious illnesses including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure, which is why the EPA has numerous laws governing the removal and handling of asbestos.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may want to file a mesothelioma lawsuit against those responsible for your illness. To learn more about your legal options, contact Sokolove Law for a free case evaluation.