U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leading a cleanup of contaminated sites; no word on completion date
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Parts of the Camp Hale area, on the White River National Forest between Minturn and Leadville, have been closed due to the discovery of debris that contains potentially hazardous asbestos.
According to U.S. Forest Service Eagle/Holy Cross district ranger Dave Neely, the asbestos was first reported about a year ago by a visitor to the area familiar with the material. Neely said that individual reported tile-like debris that may have been part of the historic military installation in the area.
Three workers at the hotel are named as having been exposed to the asbestos hazard, as well as 22 guests, including children.
According to the indictment, the owner and manager of the hotel knowingly failed to follow state regulatory requirements by cutting transite boards in the hotel, releasing asbestos and contaminating several rooms. If convicted, the men face the possibility of six months in prison or a $500,000 fine.
Certified asbestos expert was stashing waste at a Public Storage facility
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Denver man has been sentenced to six months in jail and will pay $435,477 in restitution for improper disposal of asbestos at a Public Storage facility on West Hamden.
James Robert Soyars, Jr., age 46, was sentenced last week by Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel after an EPA investigation. Learn more about asbestos at this EPA website.
Soyars was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on Feb. 10, 2010. He pled guilty before Chief Judge Daniel on October 27, 2010 to two counts of failure to deposit asbestos- containing waste material as soon as practical at a regulated waste disposal or conversion site. Both counts are felonies. Continue reading “Denver man goes to jail for improper asbestos disposal”→