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...
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Thorac cardiovasc Surg DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1667008 Background Postpneumonectomy empyema (PPE) is a serious complication even when it is not associated with bronchopleural fistula (BPF). Besides irrigation, an aggressive treatment is usually applied for removing infected material. However, a minimally invasive approach might achieve satisfactory results in selected patients. Methods We retrospectively identified 18 patients presenting with PPE receiving video-thoracoscopic approach. Of these 18 patients, pneumonectomy was performed for nonsmall cell lung cancer in 15 cases, for mesothelioma in 2, and for tra...
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Abstract BACKGROUND:  Postpneumonectomy empyema (PPE) is a serious complication even when it is not associated with bronchopleural fistula (BPF). Besides irrigation, an aggressive treatment is usually applied for removing infected material. However, a minimally invasive approach might achieve satisfactory results in selected patients. METHODS:  We retrospectively identified 18 patients presenting with PPE receiving video-thoracoscopic approach. Of these 18 patients, pneumonectomy was performed for nonsmall cell lung cancer in 15 cases, for mesothelioma in 2, and for trauma in 1 case. There were 14 m...
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Source: The American Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Communication to the Editor Source Type: research
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