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Contractor sentenced for Clean Air violations

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal, Lamont Pryor, Avalon Commonwealth, Randall Ashe, Environmental Protection Agency, scrap, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The owner of a Lima, Ohio, company has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of violating provisions of the Clean Air Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the southern district of Ohio.

Lamont Pryor, owner of Avalon Commonwealth Inc., had a contract for the 2008 demolition of an Ohio medical center in which he sold the scrap metal but allegedly abandoned the rest of the material, including asbestos.

"The defendant directed his employees to remove scrap metal from the hospital without regard to the asbestos contained in the building. Pryor’s actions threatened not only the environment, but the safety of his untrained workers and the general public," according to Randall Ashe, special agent in charge of Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement program in Ohio.

The asbestos, which was piled around the hospital and exposed to the elements, was supposed to have been sent to a licensed asbestos waste disposal facility.

Pryor couldn’t be reached for comment.

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