pennsylvania company pleads guilty to clean air act charge
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Lycoming Construction Services, LLC, a Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief William M. Skretny, to violating the Clean Air Act. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a fine of $500,000, a term of probation of five years, or both.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that from January 2012 to November 2013, the company was involved in the demolition of the Dahlstrom industrial complex, located at 443-499 Buffalo Street in Jamestown, N.Y. This project involved the demolition of a cluster of condemned buildings on either side of the Chadakoin River. Prior to the start of the demolition, a survey identified that some of the buildings contained asbestos. In February 2012, employees working on behalf of the defendant entered one of the condemned buildings and removed regulated asbestos containing material without adequately wetting it, in violation of the Clean Air Act asbestos work practice standards.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-In-Charge, Vernesa Jones-Allen; Special Agents of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Neal R. Marzloff; and Investigators of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, BECI, under the direction of Captain David Bennett. Additional assistance was provided by the New York State Department of Labor, Asbestos Control Bureau.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Skretny.