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U.S. V. Buddy Frazier

An asbestos removal worker stands near a special cutting machine (at the right of the photo). Courtesy of NASA.

AsbestosECS has successfully prosecuted a large number Clean Air Act (CAA) cases involving the unlawful removal of regulated asbestos-containing materials from buildings and other structures in connection with renovations and demolitions.    One illustrative example is the conviction of Buddy Frazier and his associates, Chance Gaines and James Bragg, who were prosecuted for multiple CAA asbestos work practice and worker identification violations at an asbestos-abatement project that preceded a demolition of a manufacturing building in Marshfield, Wisconsin.   As part of the project, the defendants recruited untrained, homeless men from a community kitchen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, obtained fraudulent asbestos training identification cards for these workers, and directed them to strip asbestos pipe insulation without first wetting the material, thereby exposing them to the severe health risks associated with asbestos inhalation.   Frazier, Gaines, and Bragg were sentenced to prison for 30, 33, and 24 months, respectively.   In connection with this prosecution, the Environmental Crimes Section launched a nationwide project with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Coalition for the Homeless to halt the exploitation of homeless and itinerant workers for illegal asbestos work. The sentences were affirmed by the 7th Circuit in April 2000.



In the News


January 28, 1999
Three men sentenced to prison for participating in a conspiracy to use homeless men for illegal asbestos removal.
A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin today sentenced three men to prison for their part in a conspiracy to recruit untrained laborers from a Tennessee soup kitchen, transport them to an aging Wisconsin manufacturing plant, and direct them to remove hazardous asbestos, in violation of environmental and health regulations.
April 24, 1998
Three men indicated in conspiracy to use homeless men for illegal asbestos removal
Recent Cases Prompt Justice Department and EPA to Issue Nationwide Warning to Homeless Shelters


Updated May 27, 2015

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