An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that can cause the cancer mesothelioma if it is inhaled or ingested.
According to the Toledo Blade, 32-year-old Timothy Bayes entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Magistrate James Knepp last week. Sentencing is set for Nov. 18.
As this blog noted, Bayes and John Mayer, 52, were charged in May with violating the Clean Air Act and regulations involving the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material.
According to the federal indictment, during 2010 Mayer allegedly directed individuals to remove insulation containing asbestos from metal boilers, duct work, and pipes in the basement of a shuttered manufacturing plant he had rented in Toledo. Mayer intended to sell the metal as scrap. He hired Bayes to dump 82 garbage bags containing the asbestos debris at three locations in Toledo: a vacant house, an alleyway, and an unspecified location. However, the law requires that asbestos-containing material be disposed of at a licensed facility.
The United States has had strict regulations around the removal of asbestos-containing products since 1971 when the material was declared a hazardous air pollutant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Exposure to asbestos is linked to serious illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and were later diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial compensation. A successful asbestos lawsuit may provide you and your family with funds for medical bills and other necessities. Call Sokolove Law today for a free case evaluation and to find out if an asbestos attorney can help.