Florence, South Carolina - David Braswell, of Little River, South Carolina, was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $ 10,000 fine for violating the Clean Air Act. Braswell sentencing included also six months of home detention and three years of probation after his release from prison.
Company Braswell, Cool side LLC, was hired to replace the siding of the Regency towers at Myrtle Beach in March 2009. According to an indictment issued last year, Braswell proceeded to start the renovation work without an asbestos inspection. Cool hand wash pressure cladding, releasing the friable asbestos into the atmosphere and put the company's employees and the public to the risk of exposure to the hazardous substance, which is responsible for deadly respiratory diseases, such as mesothelioma by the hotel.
The indictment said, "side Cool workers were not fitted with respiratory protection, nor were the occupants of the Regency towers has informed of the danger and provided personal or environmental protection."
As part of a plea of guilty to which he pleaded guilty to an accusation of a crime, Braswell was facing a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000. He was originally charged with seven counts of violating the Act Clean Air and two charges of crime for making false statements to federal agents.
"Sentence of today should mean that the EPA and its partners remain committed to protecting communities through the difficult implementation of the environmental laws of the country," said special agent EPA Maureen O'Mara.
This sentiment was echoed by U.S. attorney Bill nettles, who said: "Our Office will continue to give priority to the work environment that we do with federal agencies and State, to ensure that these cases are brought to the foreground."