employer convicted of hiring homeless men to remove asbestos FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 1 Aug 1998 17:38:11 -0700 (PDT)


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From:         GROUP PRESS 202-260-4355 <PRESS@epamail.epa.gov>
Date:         1998/07/24
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OREGON MAN CONVICTED OF HIRING HOMELESS MEN TO REMOVE ASBESTOS

Timothy Dean Tomlinson, co-owner of WR Engineering & Environmental,
was convicted on July 17, in U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Washington in Seattle of violating the Clean Air Act.  In
May 1997, Tomlinson employed homeless men as day laborers to remove
asbestos who were not certified to remove asbestos, nor were they
provided with proper safety equipment.  The removal operation involved
the scraping and sandblasting of asbestos from surfaces inside the
building in Seattle.  This resulted in high levels of asbestos
contamination inside and outside the building.  Inhaling asbestos
fibers is a cause of a lung disease known as "asbestosis" and lung
cancer in humans.  Tomlinson's company quoted the property owners a
$31,000 price to remove the asbestos; however, the resulting cleanup
cost them over $350,000. This case was jointly investigated by EPA's
Criminal Investigation Division, the EPA Region 10 Air Program, the
Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Washington State
Department of Labor and Industries.

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