Anderson man sentenced to 3 years for asbestos pollution
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
An Anderson man was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Thursday for knowingly demolishing a mill that contained hazardous levels of asbestos.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said between Nov. 2012 and April 2013, 37-year-old Scott Farmer and others working for him demolished portions of Haynsworth Mill, on McDuffie Street, in order to sell scrap metal from the building.
Nettles said the material contained hazardous levels of asbestos.
Farmer was repeatedly warned by the DHEC to stop because of the danger, but he continued tearing down the building, according to Nettles.
"Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems and in some cases may prove fatal," said Maureen O'Mara, special agent in charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program in South Carolina.
"The defendant's actions threatened not only the environment but the safety of his workers and the surrounding community. EPA and its law enforcement counterparts take seriously our obligation to investigate these violations and prosecute to protect the public's well-being," said O'Mara.
Farmer was sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years of probation.
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