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.
Attorneys 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,
directed his employees to remove scrap metal from the hospital
without regard to the asbestos contained in the building.
Pryors 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 Agencys 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
Pryor couldnt be
reached for comment.