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Pillsbury Plant Owner Sentenced for Asbestos Violations

Federal judge Sue Myerscough sentenced a part owner of the shuttered Pillsbury Mills complex in Springfield, Illinois, Monday to three years in prison for violating clear air standards with the illegal removal of asbestos products. Joseph Chernis IV pleaded guilty to illegal removal, demolition and disposal of asbestos after using untrained workers to remove dry pipe insulation and store it in open containers, trash bags and cardboard boxes. He is still facing an ongoing civil case brought by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “I have grave concerns about the damage to the community in this case,” Myerscough said during sentencing, according to The State Journal-Register. The Pillsbury Mills plant, which closed in 2001, is not far from a local high school, a park and the federal courts building in downtown Springfield. For more than a decade, the complex has been the subject of a cleanup dispute between local authorities and different ownership groups involved in salvage operations. Salvage Operation Breaking the Law The Chernis family in 2014 bought the 18-acre site, which included 20 buildings and warehouses and 30 grain silos. The original flour-milling plant opened in 1929 and became a booming Pillsbury processing and distribution factory. Unfortunately, as it expanded, the construction was done with a wide range of asbestos products, which were popular throughout much of the 20th century. The Chernis family had planned to sell off parcels o...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: asbestos exposure asbestos regulations asbestos violations asbestosis clear air standards flour-milling plant Springfield Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Joseph Chernis IV judge Sue Myerscough lung cancer mesothelioma Pillsb Source Type: news

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