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PA ALASKAN COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL
Release Date: 04/03/98
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1998
ALASKAN COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL
On March 25, Central Environmental Inc. (CEI), an Alaskan firm which formerly had an office in Las Vegas, Nev., plead guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to violating the Clean Air Act by failing to use work practice standards for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos. CEI was hired by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to perform an asbestos abatement and removal operation at the Landmark Hotel and Casino. Other defendants who have not yet come to trial include, Ab-Haz Environmental Inc. (Ab-Haz), an asbestos abatement consulting firm based in Nevada; Richard Lovelace, a CEI employee; Dennis Price, Ab-Haz owner; and Rocco DiPentino, an Industrial Hygienist. They were indicted for their alleged roles in the improper removal of the asbestos and for mail fraud. Under the plea agreement, CEI was placed on probation for 30 months and was ordered to pay a fine of $200,000. Trial for the other four defendants is set for April 6. This case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center.
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