A federal court in Urbana, Illinois sentenced a Bourbonnais man to 10 years in prison for illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos, according to Illinois TV station, WPWR and homepage.net. The Illinois man must also pay restitution to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a fine.
Prosecutors charged three men with felony violations of the Clean Air Act. Their company placed a bid on an asbestos removal job in Kankakee, Illinois in 2009. They were found guilty of having improperly removed the substance and dumping more than 100 garbage bags of asbestos at a park.
The improper disposal of the asbestos contaminated the soil. Improper asbestos abatement and disposal can cause asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is a known carcinogen which can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.