Monthly Archives: December 2011
A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that Eagle Recyling, a New Jersey recycling company was sentenced to pay a $500K criminal fine and over $70K in restitution & cleanup costs. It was found dumping thousands of tons of asbestos contaminated construction debris in Central NY.
The company pleaded guilty earlier this year and agreed to comply with environmental laws.
According to the charges and plea agreement, Eagle Recycling and other co-conspirators engaged in a multi-year scheme to illegally dump 8,100 tons of pulverized construction and demolition debris that was processed at Eagle Recycling’s North Bergen solid waste management facility and then transported to a farmer’s property in Frankfort, N.Y. Eagle Recycling and other conspirators then concealed the illegal dumping by fabricating a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permit and forging the name of a DEC official on the fraudulent permit.
According to Financial Times, Wolsely, the plumbing and heating products distributor, has warned some customers in the US and Canada that it may have inadvertently sold them asbestos gaskets.
Following two years of internal investigations, the company disclosed the problem regarding these gaskets today. The company expects legal action to result.
The problem with the parts, used as plumbing seals, was disclosed on Tuesday after two years of internal investigations. It is expected to lead to legal action.
Wolseley reported that four customers in the US and Canada found that the supposedly asbestos-free gaskets contained more than 1% asbestos, the threshold at which the products are required to have a label that it contains the dangerous substance.
The company blames the former Canadian supplier, Lortech rubber.
Ian Meakins, Wolseley CEO, says that it plans to sue Lortech. He also mentioned that he expects that several customers will file action against Wolseley.