Colorado AG Indicts Hotel on Improper Asbestos Abatement Charges

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has indicted the owner of a Colorado hotel and employees of a construction company for improper removal of asbestos products that led to the exposure of hotel employees and guests to the dangerous fibers.

The indictment, which was handed down this week, charges that Adam Pietraszek, Nikolai Semenshin, Yarek Gora, Richard Para, New Vision Hotels, and NVH Construction caused or contributed to a hazardous substance incident, and violated both the Air Quality Control Act and the Air Quality Control Act. The charges stemmed from the mismanagement of renovations that were performed at the Frisco Holiday Inn in October 2009.

The renovations were begun before either the hotel or the construction company received the proper permits from the state government. Upon learning of this, as well as reports that asbestos products were not being removed properly and contaminating the rooms as a result, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stepped in and halted the renovations. However, after the renovations were stopped, hotel management still sent its own cleaning crews into the rooms to remove any debris and proceeded to rent out the rooms to customers, potentially exposing even more people to loose asbestos fibers.

“Exposure to asbestos can cause serious – even fatal – respiratory diseases, so it must be handled safely and legally to protect the public,” said Lori Hanson, the special agent-in-charge of the Denver office of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Enforcement Division. “EPA takes allegations of asbestos-related violations very seriously and we will continue to work with the state on this prosecution.”

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