In national news:

A judge has sentenced five owners and managers of a Tennessee business to prison for illegal asbestos removal, including not providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers handling cancer-causing materials. 

The case involves the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material at the former Liberty Fibert Plant in Hamblen County, TN. A&E Salvage bought the plant to salvage metals from the plant after it ceased operations.

The sentences:

  • Mark Sawyer, owner and operator, 5 years in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release
  • Newell Smith, manager, 37 months (3 years, 1 month) in prison and 2 years of supervised release
  • Eric Gruenberg, manager, 28 months (2 years, 4 months) in prison
  • Armida DiSanti, 6 months in prison and 6 months of home confinement, and
  • Milto DiSanti, 6 months in prison and 6 months of home confinement.

The judge also ordered all five to pay a total of more than $10.3 million in restitution, which will be returned to the EPA Superfund, which paid for cleanup of the plant site.

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