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New Jersey Contractor Given Probation for Violating Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards

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A New Jersey contractor has been sentenced to three years probation after being charged with conspiracy and six counts of violating the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards while he worked at an old central New Jersey paper mill. His actions potentially put others at risk for mesothelioma and other illnesses.

Vele Bozinoski, 61, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, removed several hundred feet of asbestos-containing insulation from the Garden State Paper Mill in February 2007, but failed to complete required steps before beginning his work. Regulations required Bozinoski to inspect the insulation for the presence of asbestos before removing it and wetting it to prevent asbestos fibers from floating through the air. He was charged with “conspiring with others not to follow federal regulations requiring him to inspect the facility for asbestos and to notify the Environmental Protection Agency before removing the insulation,” according to Mesothelioma.com.

Bozinoski was also charged with failing to seal the debris in airtight, leak-proof containers, which potentially allowed fibers to circulate through the air and put other workers at risk. Thousands of people have been sickened by asbestos-containing insulation, which can cause not only mesothelioma, but also asbestosis. The insulation was commonly used in paper mills and other industries for years, wrote Mesothelioma.com.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: New Jersey Contractor Given Probation for Violating Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards was posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 3:35 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Construction Defect Lawsuits, Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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