Two men were sentenced to prison and hefty fines on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, for their role in illegally dumping asbestos-contaminated construction debris on an upstate New York farm. The dumping occurred near the Mohawk River, exposing countless New Yorkers to possible asbestos exposure and asbestos injuries.
Before their illegal dumping was discovered in 2006, the men were able to dump over sixty million pounds of debris on the farm, which contains wetlands and is intersected by New York’s Mohawk River.
The jury found Cross Nicastro, who owned the 28-acre farm, and Dominick Mazza, the owner of the New Jersey waste management company that dumped the waste, guilty of violating the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (also known as Superfund). These violations of federal law were for dumping the debris, and the defendants were also found guilty of fraud for lying to federal investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency and using fraudulent permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to conceal their illegal dumping.
Nicastro faces up to five years in prison and Mazza faces up to 20 years in prison.
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