Citadel Plaza Real Estate Director Sentenced in Asbestos Case

Anthony Crompton, the former real estate director of a nonprofit agency that contaminated a Kansas City development site with asbestos, was sentenced Tuesday to a half-way house and federal probation, as reported in the Kansas City Star.

Crompton, 42, admitted that he violated the Clean Air Act by improperly removing asbestos-containing materials while demolishing numerous homes to make way for the proposed Citadel Plaza Redevelopment Project.

Judge Fenner ordered Crompton to serve three years on probation, including five months in a half-way house. Threatt, 71, who also was charged in the case, pleaded guilty in February. His sentencing date has not been set.

The Kansas City Star first reported that asbestos contaminated the area in 2006. Many buildings built with asbestos-contaminated materials had been demolished and no asbestos permits had been obtained. Health inspectors quickly shut down work at the site as they investigated and confirmed a Kansas City Star reporter’s findings. Most of the property was purchased from Research Medical Center, the development corporation announced plans to build a 35-acre retail and residential site. As time passed, the area became more contaminated with asbestos-containing building materials that had littered the site.

In June 2010, federal prosecutors charged Threatt and Crompton with ignoring environmental laws that require careful inspection, removal, disposal and detailed recordkeeping of asbestos-containing building materials.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Asbestos exposure has been shown to cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and a variety of other cancers.