Oriskany man sentenced in federal court for demolishing asbestos-filled building without notifying EPA

By WKTV News

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oriskany man was sentenced this week in Federal Court in Syracuse for violation of the Clean Air Act.

According to a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Leonard Pugh, 74, of Oriskany, previously pleaded guilty to hiring an unlicensed individual to demolish a building he owned at 44 Old Mohawk Street in Whitesboro, knowing that he would not be notifying the Environmental Protection Agency of the demolition activity and the 6,000 square feet of asbestos he knew to be inside.

The EPA is supposed to be notified of such demolitions so that they could maintain the asbestos in a wet condition during removal activities and dispose of the asbestos in a landfill authorized by law to accept asbestos contaminated materials.

Asbestos has been determined to cause various forms of cancer and asbestosis, a nearly always fatal lung disease. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Pugh was sentenced to one year of probation and directed to pay a $5,000 fine.

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