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Owner of former Nestle's Plant in Fulton receives 2 years of probation for illegally removing and disposing asbestos

A Phoenix man has been sentenced for illegally removing and disposing of asbestos from the former Nestle's plant in Fulton.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A Phoenix man has been sentenced for illegally removing and disposing of asbestos from the former Nestle's plant in Fulton.

US District Attorney Richard Hartunian says that 47-year-old Edward Palmer was sentenced to six months of home detention as part of a two-year term of probation for a felony violation of the Clean Air Act.

The owner of the former Nestle's plant, Palmer pleaded guilty to the charge back in June.

Palmer must also pay a $25,000 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

The maximum penalty Palmer could have faced was a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

The US District Attorney’s Office says the former plant located at 555 Fourth St. in Fulton contains pipes with more than 2,000 feet of friable asbestos insulation.

Palmer did not file a notification with the United States Environmental Protection Agency before engaging in asbestos renovation activities.

He directed unlicensed individuals to perform asbestos removal without wetting the asbestos and keeping it wet, and without properly disposing of the asbestos at a state-approved landfill.

The US District Attorney’s Office says asbestos exposure has been determined to cause various forms of cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a nearly always fatal disease.

The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

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