Denver man ordered to pay $435,000 in fines related to asbestos violation

A Denver, Colorado man has been ordered to pay $435,000 in restitution and serve six months home detection for illegally storing asbestos-contaminated waste at a Denver Public Storage facility.

KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in Denver, reported that James Robert Soyars Jr., violated the Clean Air Act when he directed his workers to store the waste at the storage facility during 2005 and 2006. Soyars, a certified asbestos abatement supervisor, owns Talon Environmental in Denver.

He pled guilty last October to two felony counts for the asbestos violation.

Asbestos fibers that become airborne are a health danger to anyone in the vicinity, and are linked to lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. That connection to the hazardous mineral has been the focus of many asbestos settlements and mesothelioma lawsuits in recent years.

According to the news station, Soyars’ company was hired to remove asbestos from renovated buildings in Aurora, Greeley and Colorado Springs, all in Colorado. When the hazardous material was transported to the storage facility, it was placed in bags and transported in vehicles that had no labelling that indicated they contained asbestos.