Denver Man Sent to Jail after Illegally Keeping Asbestos Products in Storage Lot

A 46-year-old man hailing from Denver will be spending some time behind bars after it was determined that an asbestos abatement company he owned was directly disobeying protocols regarding the disposal of materials containing the dangerous fibers.

James Robert Soyars Jr. recently pled guilty to a number of charges that he violated the Clean Air Act, including the failure to “deposit asbestos-containing waste material as soon as was practical at a regulated waste disposal or conversion site” and not properly labeling vehicles that were transporting asbestos. As a result, this week he was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of home detention via electric monitoring, and ordered to pay $435,477 in restitution to a storage center that he had used to illegally store asbestos products in, the Denver Post reported. 

Soyars was initially indicted on charges one year earlier that alleged he had violated the Clean Air Act during an asbestos abatement project his company was involved in between September 9, 2005 and August 28, 2006. Soyars, who owned and operated Talon Environmental Inc., ordered his workers to drop off any materials containing asbestos at a Public Storage location in Denver, Colorado. In doing so, the workers also did not appropriately mark their vehicles to demonstrate that they contained asbestos products. Both acts were found to be in direct violation of provisions set in the Clean Air Act.

Following his arrest, the case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Kaufman.

Because countless individuals and families have used household and/or commercial products that contain asbestos fibers for much of their lives, there is a risk that some may eventually develop asbestosis, mesothelioma, or some type of lung cancer as a result. If you or a loved one is stricken with an asbestos exposure related cancer, speaking with an asbestos lawyer may help enable a lawsuit against makers of the dangerous products that could result in a substantial settlement.