NY Contractor Gets 6 Years For Asbestos Violations

Law360, New York (September 22, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday handed a six-year prison sentence to the owner of a defunct Rochester, N.Y., building contractor for violating the Clean Air Act by exposing his workers to asbestos during demolition and asbestos-removal projects.

U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa also ordered Keith Gordon-Smith and his company, Gordon-Smith Contracting Inc., to pay special assessments of $1,400 and $44,000, respectively.

In a November 2010 jury trial, Gordon-Smith was found guilty of 10 counts of violating the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's work practice...
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