A former professional football player and his business partner are facing multiple federal charges for improperly transporting and storing asbestos waste in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. If the men are convicted on all of the offenses with which they are charged, they could be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Last week, we wrote about a man that had been charged with more than 30 violations of asbestos and environmental laws after allegedly failing to abide by state and federal regulations dictating how dangerous asbestos fibers must be removed. Now, we get a look at the other end of that criminal process with the news that an Illinois man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for failing to properly remove asbestos from a building.
Imagine this scenario. You are unknowingly exposed to asbestos, and you learn of that exposure a few weeks after it occurs. Perhaps you were not familiar of the risks associated with asbestos prior to your exposure, but research after the fact informs you that you are now at a high risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or a host of other diseases. Unfortunately, those ailments often take decades to materialize, meaning that you will spend the next several years worrying about the future and angry about the events that got you to this place.